Chicago officer charged in murder of Laquan McDonald back in court

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CHICAGO — The Chicago Police officer who’s charged with shooting and killing Laquan McDonald returned to court on Wednesday.

Jason Van Dyke’s hearing lasted only about an hour. He arrived again with a police escort, and wore a protective vest due to threats.

At the next hearing, Judge Vincent Gaughan wants testimony from the former spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police. A subpoena is out, and Pat Camden could be on the stand on Aug. 11.

During Wednesday’s hearing, the judge considered whether to allow additional statements from Van Dyke on the night he killed McDonald.

The defense argues two, FOP officials at the scene were serving one of its members. So, Van Dyke’s statements to them were made in confidence and should be protected by privilege.

At issue now is, information possibly relayed by one of those union representatives, which was then relayed to the media by former union spokesman Pat Camden on that fateful night in October 2014.

Van Dyke’s defense team has filed a motion for a change of venue.

But, activists who are eager to see him stand trial for murder say that’s not necessary, given his special protection and provisions here.

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