Killer cop Jason Van Dyke’s lawyer invokes torture of former slaves to quash client’s confession

Think Progress

The 1934 Mississippi beatings he referenced sound a lot like what Chicago PD did to residents for decades in the 1970s and 1980s.


The threat of losing a job protecting people’s rights, persons, and property through force is identical — in courtroom terms — to the threat of having one’s back beaten off with a spiked belt.

At least, that’s what Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers argued Wednesday in a hearing ahead of his trial for murder in the death of Laquan McDonald.

Van Dyke’s attorney was arguing that two statements his client gave days after the killing cannot be shown to jurors. One of these private, candid explanations of his decision to empty a clip into the teenager who was walking away from him that night was given to a senior police official directly. The other was an interview — which Van Dyke’s own lawyer characterized Wednesday as “his confession,” according to Chicago Tribune crime reporter Megan Crepeau — with Chicago’s civilian oversight Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).

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