CHICAGO (Reuters) – Illinois Legal professional Basic Kwame Raoul on Monday challenged the sentence of convicted former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, questioning whether or not the choose who imposed it adopted the regulation.
Van Dyke, 40, was sentenced final month to just about seven years in jail for second-degree homicide within the capturing dying of black teen Laquan McDonald in 2014 in a landmark case that highlighted racial tensions in America’s third-largest metropolis.
Activists and prosecutors had wished an extended sentence. Van Dyke may have obtained as much as 20 years in jail for second-degree homicide and as much as 30 years for every of 16 counts of aggravated battery – one depend for every shot he fired at 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a knife.
Prepare dinner County Circuit Courtroom Decide Vincent Gaughan didn’t sentence Van Dyke for the aggravated battery conviction.
Raoul and Kane County State’s Legal professional Joe McMahon, the particular prosecutor within the case, mentioned at a information convention that they’d a filed a petition to the Illinois Supreme Courtroom to overview the sentence imposed by Gaughan. Van Dyke may enchantment the petition, they mentioned.
“This can be a query of the regulation. And it’s within the curiosity of justice that the regulation be adopted irrespective of who the defendant and irrespective of who the sufferer is in a selected case,” Raoul mentioned.
The responsible verdict issued by a jury in October marked the primary time an on-duty Chicago police officer was convicted for the killing of a black individual.
A spokeswoman for Van Dyke’s lawyer didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales and Karen Pierog; Writing by Caroline Stauffer; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot)