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The Latest: Lawyers sum up cases at Van Dyke sentencing

The Latest: Lawyers sum up cases at Van Dyke sentencing

CHICAGO (AP) — The Newest on the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who fired the photographs that killed black teenager Laquan McDonald (all occasions native):

four:45 p.m.

Attorneys are about to make their closing statements at the sentencing listening to for former Chicago police officer Jason McDonald within the 2014 killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Prosecutors and protection legal professionals referred to as greater than a dozen character witnesses throughout Friday’s listening to, together with McDonald’s great-uncle and Van Dyke’s spouse and 17-year-old daughter.

Among the many witnesses referred to as by prosecutors have been a number of black males who recounted run-ins with Van Dyke throughout visitors stops.

The former officer’s relations stated he’s a very good father and husband who isn’t hate-filled or racist.

Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for every time he shot McDonald.

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four:20 p.m.

Jason Van Dyke’s spouse says her life has been “a nightmare” and has been turned the wrong way up because the former Chicago police officer’s homicide conviction within the 2014 deadly capturing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Tiffany Van Dyke stated Friday at her husband’s sentencing listening to that he’s her “everything,” her “other half” and her “heart.”

She echoed different relations who testified that her husband isn’t racist or filled with hatred.

Preventing by way of tears, she stated her two daughters don’t eat or sleep and get bullied at faculty by youngsters who inform them “their father is a murderer.”

Jason Van Dyke wiped his nostril and eyes with a tissue as his spouse testified. He was convicted of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for every time he shot McDonald.

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four p.m.

Jason Van Dyke’s relations try to humanize the previous Chicago police officer throughout his sentencing listening to for the 2014 deadly capturing of Laquan McDonald, saying he’s a very good father and husband who goes out of his approach to assist and who isn’t racist.

Van Dyke’s sister, Heidi Kauffunger, advised the courtroom Friday that her brother has been deserted by household and associates since he was charged. She says he was even contacted by somebody who stated Van Dyke had mistakenly been invited to a marriage and that the household didn’t need him there as a result of “it would take attention away” from the bride and groom.

Kauffunger begged the courtroom for mercy and stated if her brother goes to jail the household “will lose everything.” She says Van Dyke’s two daughters have been bullied and that the older one even had the phrases “16 shots” written on her faculty desk.

His father, Owen Van Dyke, stated Jason was a very good scholar and is an effective son.

Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for every time he shot McDonald.

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three:40 p.m.

Jason Van Dyke’s brother-in-law says the previous Chicago police officer is a “gentle giant” and isn’t the “monster” or “racist cop” that he’s been portrayed as by the media.

Keith Thompson stated Friday at Van Dyke’s sentencing listening to that Van Dyke has all the time handled individuals pretty. Thompson, who’s black and whose spouse is the sister of Van Dyke’s spouse, stated he has by no means seen something to point that Van Dyke is racist within the 13 years he’s recognized him.

He stated will probably be very troublesome for the household shifting ahead as a result of Van Dyke is a convicted felon.

Van Dyke, who’s white, was convicted of second-degree homicide and aggravated battery within the 2014 deadly capturing of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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three:20 p.m.

One among former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s daughters spoke throughout his sentencing listening to and blamed the media for shaming “police officers for doing their jobs.”

Kaylee Van Dyke advised the courtroom Friday that she wrote a paper for her highschool civics class about “the harsh reality” of police work.

The 17-year-old stated she is aware of the positives of the job, however that she thinks the media “twists events, making people create negative thoughts.”

She stated cops don’t care about individuals’s colour, “they care about your safety.” She additionally stated she regrets all of the occasions she didn’t hug her father.

Jason Van Dyke, who’s white, was convicted of second-degree homicide and aggravated battery within the 2014 capturing dying of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

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2:45 p.m.

A prosecution witness at the sentencing of the Chicago police officer who killed black teen Laquan McDonald wasn’t capable of determine the officer within the courtroom, so he wasn’t allowed to maintain testifying.

Alberto Luces was considered one of a number of males who testified Friday about run-ins that they had with Officer Jason Van Dyke throughout visitors stops. Luces, who’s deaf, stated by way of an indication language interpreter that he was pulled over by two officers, one black and one white. However when requested to determine the white officer within the courtroom, Luces stated he couldn’t as a result of he didn’t have his glasses.

The decide allowed Luces to stroll across the courtroom, however he nonetheless wasn’t in a position to select Van Dyke regardless that the previous officer was sporting a vibrant yellow jail jumpsuit. Van Dyke has grown a bushy beard and mustache since he was convicted in October of second-degree homicide and aggravated battery.

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2 p.m.

A relative of Laquan McDonald has been allowed to learn a sufferer impression assertion from the slain black teen’s perspective, saying Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke killed his grandnephew with out provocation.

Studying from a ready textual content within the first individual as Laquan McDonald on Friday, the Rev. Marvin Hunter stated, “I am a 17-year-old boy” and “I am unable to speak in my own voice” as a result of officer Jason Van Dyke “thought he would grow to be decide, jury and executioner.

He added, “My death has brought inconsolable pain to my mother and my sister … my family. … He has not just destroyed my life but the life of his wife and children.”

In asking for a stiff sentence for Van Dyke, he stated: “Why should this person who ended my life forever … who has never asked for forgiveness … be free when I am dead for forever?”

Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for every time he shot McDonald.

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12:40 p.m.

A number of black males referred to as to testify through the sentencing listening to of the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald have described their very own run-ins with the officer throughout visitors stops.

Vidale Pleasure informed the courtroom Friday that Jason Van Dyke used a racial slur and put a gun to his head throughout a 2005 cease. He stated Van Dyke “looked infuriated” and appeared “out of his mind.” Beneath cross examination, Pleasure conceded that he didn’t allege in his first accounts of the visitors cease that Van Dyke had used a slur.

Witness Ed Nance wept as he testified that he hasn’t been the identical since a 2007 cease. He says Van Dyke pulled him by the arms to the squad automotive whereas he was handcuffed and that he has undergone three surgical procedures to his shoulders consequently. He additionally says he has PTSD from the incident.

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11:50 a.m.

Attorneys at the sentencing listening to for the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald have made their arguments about which cost he faces is probably the most critical.

Decide Vincent Gaughan’s determination on whether or not Jason Van Dyke’s second-degree homicide or aggravated battery conviction is extra critical will assist decide the severity of the sentence.

In Illinois, judges are sometimes required to condemn defendants for probably the most critical crime for which they’re convicted.

The protection needs Van Dyke to be sentenced for the second-degree homicide cost, partly as a result of it carries a shorter obligatory minimal jail time period of 4 years.

Prosecutors need the decide to concentrate on the 16 aggravated battery counts. Every carries a compulsory minimal jail time period of six years and sentences for every rely might should be served consecutively as an alternative of concurrently.

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9:50 a.m.

The sentencing listening to has begun for the Chicago police officer who killed black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014.

Jason Van Dyke, who was booted from the pressure as soon as he was convicted, was led into courtroom Friday in a yellow jail jumpsuit. His spouse and two daughters are at the listening to.

Decide Vincent Gaughan says he’ll first hear authorized arguments about which is the extra critical cost towards Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree homicide and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for every time he shot McDonald. If he decides the homicide cost is extra critical, that would result in a lesser sentence beneath a posh sentencing equation.

After that authorized problem is settled, attorneys will name witnesses to make the case for aggravating or mitigating circumstances earlier than making their last arguments.

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12:05 a.m.

A decide rejected allegations that the surprising video of Laquan McDonald’s dying proved that cops staged a cover-up within the deadly capturing of the black teen.

Now one other decide should determine how lengthy the officer who pulled the set off spends behind bars. Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October of second-degree homicide and aggravated battery. He’ll possible be given jail time when he’s sentenced Friday.

However critics of the police division who cheered Van Dyke’s conviction are apprehensive after a decide on Thursday acquitted three officers accused of making an attempt to hide what occurred to guard their colleague. He was the primary Chicago officer discovered responsible in an on-duty capturing in a half century and doubtless the primary ever within the capturing of an African-American.

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