Jason Van Dyke formally resigns from Chicago Police Department


Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens in during his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan denied former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s bid to have his murder and aggravated battery convictions overturned, or get a new trial in the death of Laquan McDonald, during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Van Dyke will be sentenced in January, of 2019.
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CHICAGO — Jason Van Dyke has formally resigned from the Chicago Police Department.

Van Dyke, 40, stepped down last week, according to a police spokesperson.  Van Dyke was fired and awaiting a police board vote on his termination. His resignation is seen as a formality, according to police.

Van Dyke was convicted in October 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the October 2014 slaying of Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison for second degree murder in the McDonald shooting.

Van Dyke was the first Chicago police officer in 50 years to be convicted of murder for an on-duty incident. He shot McDonald 16 times after a truck driver called 911 to report McDonald in a locked truck lot near 41st Street and Pulaski Road. The 17-year-old was armed with a 3-inch knife and high on PCP.

Video of the shooting, which was released via court order in November 2015, sparked massive protests and prompted federal and local investigations.


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