CHICAGO — A year and a half after Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot and killed Laquan McDonald, Van Dyke’s wife has granted her first interview.
Tiffany Van Dyke tells the Chicago Tribune, her husband is not the monster who’s been portrayed in the media.
She knows him as a devoted family man.
Van Dyke is charged with murder, and is suspended without pay, in McDonald’s death.
But his wife says Van Dyke never intended to shoot Laquan.
She says her husband never started out to be a police officer, and the violence he saw while patrolling Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods made him emotionally withdrawn.
The couple was in marriage counseling even before the shooting.
If Van Dyke is cleared of the murder charge, his wife says they’ll leave Chicago and start again in a new city.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s family says he has little sympathy for Van Dyke, and says Van Dyke acted as judge, jury and executioner.