Rep. Gutiérrez On Van Dyke Murder Conviction
Washington, DC – The following is a statement by Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL) reacting to 2nd degree murder conviction in the trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the killing of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.
The murder of Laquan McDonald is one of the ugliest chapters in Chicago history, both in the action itself and in the effort to delay justice or sweep the whole deadly matter under the rug. I am glad the jury came to the conclusion that Officer Van Dyke is guilty of 1st degree murder, even though he was convicted of 2nd degree murder. The facts were clear and despite the efforts of the Emanuel Administration to keep the truth from the public, the truth has come to light.
Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez is the Dean of the Illinois delegation and a thirteen-term Member of Congress from Chicago. He is a Member of the Judiciary Committee and the Chair of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
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