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.