The following reblog is from one of my favorite blogs We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

The murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke. Chicago Police/DAs office intentionally concealed evidence that would bring justice for the murder of Laquan McDonald. Police Officer Van Dyke was on paid administrative duty for a year before he was arrested. His arrest came after city officials were forced to release the video of Laquan’s murder.

About a week ago, the prosecutor rested its case in the trial. But did the prosecutor seek justice for the murder of Laquan McDonald or seed doubt about Van Dyke’s guilt? With only one black juror seems a juror of his peers is not seeking justice for the murder of Laquan McDonald. The jury selection is stacked for Van Dyke’s release.

Laquan’s case is yet another example of structural racism on display in the US criminal court system.  It’s an example of why and how racial disparity lives and breathes within the US criminal court system.  There would be no trial if an independent journalist did not persevere on seeking the release of the video where police officer Jason Van Dyke murdered Laquan McDonald in cold blood.  Think about that, the prosecutor and police department withheld evidence that would implicate a police officer in a murder.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

17-year old Laquan McDonald was killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014.  Van Dyke was not arrested until a judge set a date for the release of dash cam video.  That was in November 2015.

Van Dyke’s murder trial began the first week of September 2018 with jury selection.  Twelve jurors and 5 alternatives have been selected.  The jury consists of one Black woman, and two Blacks as alternatives.

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the prosecution rested its case.  Van Dyke’s defense will now be presented to the jury.

Following the trial has been difficult for me due to personal matters, but I do plan on blogging the verdict.   Meanwhile, I have copied the post originally published in November 2015 because it contains background on what happened, including that without the intervention of Brandon Smith, an independent journalist,  Van Dyke might not have been charged.

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