A cop killed a Black teen by shooting him 16 times and now he’s returned to work with Chicago Police … as a janitor.
President of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago, Dean Angelo Sr., said the union hired Jason Van Dyke about three weeks ago because he’s in a “very difficult situation, financially.”
Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder after he shot and killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014. He has since plead not guilty.
The incident, which was captured on squad-car video, showed McDonald holding a small knife and walking away from the officers before Van Dyke unloaded his clip into the teen.
Van Dyke was later accused of intentionally damaging his dashcam and not syncing his microphone to it. The video prompted investigations, including a federal civil rights probe of the Chicago Police Department. Van Dyke is currently out on bail.
Since being suspended without pay from the Chicago PD, who describe the shooting as a “clear-cut case of self-defense,” Van Dyke lost other jobs due to the publicity of the killing. His wife’s business also closed due to threats.
The police union stepped in to help him and his family by hiring him as janitor, support that Angelo Sr. said they would give any Chicago officer.
“We do this for our membership and this is what the FOP stands for, fraternalism,” Angelo Sr. said. “This officer is in a very difficult situation, financially, he has a family and we would do it for anybody that works as a Chicago Police officer.”
Van Dyke’s hiring could cause a major backlash with the community, which the police have been trying to rebuild trust with following several high-profile police shootings.
Officer Joseph Shaw, a 23-year veteran of the Chicago PD said, “If we’re trying to restore any kind of credibility in the neighborhood and bridge that gap between police and the community, it’s not a good look.”
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