Judge allows use of Van Dyke’s statements to union reps in trial

CHICAGO -- A legal setback for former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

His lawyers  wanted to suppress statements he made to his union representatives that night he shot Laquan McDonald.

But in Cook County Circuit Court Friday,  Judge Vincent Gaughn ruled against him and said that the testimony will be admissible.

Gaughn issued his ruling today after testimony in a pre-trial hearing. The judge ordered Van Dyke's union reps to take the stand. On the stand, was former police union spokesman, Pat Camden.

Also testifying were Reps for the Fraternal Order of Police who talked to then Officer Jason Van Dyke at the scene of the police involved shooting.

The judge later ruling that their testimony will be admissible as evidence when Van Dyke goes to trial on first degree murder.

Van Dyke's lawyers arguing unsuccessfully that conversations between Van Dyke and his union reps is privileged information.

Van Dyke, no longer with the police department, faces first-degree murder charges for firing 16 shots into Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke claimed that the teen moved towards him with a knife. But police dash-cam videos seem to contradict that argument.

The brutal killing sparked protests across Chicago, forcing the ouster of then Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy.

A sizable number of protesters were both in and outside the courthouse Friday. A group of them out in the hallway, unable to get in, started chanting.

Judge Gaughn ordered them out of the criminal courts building at 26th and Cal.

No trial date has been set.

Van Dyke's lawyers are expected to ask for a change of venue in this volatile case.