Jason Van Dyke Biography – Jason Van Dyke Wiki
Jason Van Dyke is a Chicago police officer charged with murder for the on-duty shooting of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois.
According to prosecutors, McDonald was stealing car radios and was armed with a 3-inch blade when Chicago police officers in Archer Heights called in a radio request for a Taser on October 20, 2014. An autopsy later revealed McDonald had PCP in his system.
Van Dyke and his partner responded to the call, but never specified whether they had a Taser. Within seconds of arriving on the scene, Van Dyke pulled his gun and emptied his magazine into McDonald, shooting the teen 16 times. Video of the shooting, which was released via court order in November 2015, sparked massive protests and prompted federal and local investigations.
He attended Hinsdale South High School and graduated in 1996. He went on to St. Xavier University in Chicago and received a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.
Jason Van Dyke Age
He was born in 1978 in Hinsdale, Illinois.
Jason Van Dyke Wife
Van Dyke is married to Tiffany Van Dyke and they have two children. Van Dyke was in the police academy when they got married. The wife, Tiffany Van Dyke, is a fitness instructor.
Jason Van Dyke Children
He has two children.
Jason Van Dyke Salary
He has a salary of $78,012.
Laquan McDonald Video
When Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois, police first reported that he was lunging at them with a knife. But after political pressure and a lawsuit, the city was forced to release a dash cam video of the incident. That video is a fundamental piece of evidence in Jason Van Dyke trial. In it, McDonald appears to be walking away from officers. It shows Van Dyke shooting him 16 times, including after the teenager was lying on the ground.
After its release, activists took to the streets, chanting 16 shots and a cover-up. Three officers at the scene were charged with conspiracy.
Jason Van Dyke Defense
Van Dyke’s defense team called a psychologist to the stand to testify about how being in a life-threatening situation can warp memory and perception. Other defense witnesses included people who had met Laquan McDonald while he was in juvenile detention. They recalled incidents where McDonald shouted threats and resisted staff.
The defense also brought witnesses to testify about the effects of PCP, which McDonald had in his system. Prosecutors made the point that Laquan McDonald is not on trial and throughout this trial have again and again showed jurors the video. The defense team rested its case on Thursday October 4, 2018, and each side is expected to make closing arguments Friday October 5, 2018 before the case goes to the jury.
Jason Van Dyke Verdict
Jason Van Dyke was found guilty on October 5, 2018 of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. He also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He was found not guilty of official misconduct. Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31, 2018.
Jason Van Dyke was originally charged with first-degree murder, jurors were instructed on Thursday October 4, 2018 that they also could consider second-degree murder.
Van Dyke faces between four and 20 years in prison and is eligible for probation for the second-degree murder conviction. The aggravated battery with a firearm convictions carry a sentence of six to 30 years with no probation.