CHICAGO (CBS) – Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will be released from prison on February 3, CBS 2 has learned.
In October 2018, Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated assault in Laquan McDonald’s death in 2014. Three months later, he was sentenced to almost seven years in prison.
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Van Dyke was the first police officer in Chicago to be convicted of murder for an incident on duty for more than 50 years.
Dashcam footage showing a Chicago police officer shooting Laquan McDonald dead. (Source; Chicago Police)
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Dashboard camera video of the shooting shows McDonald walking down the street at 40. and Pulaski, with a knife, before Van Dyke opens fire 16 times as the teenager appears to be moving away from him.
Van Dyke has been driven between several facilities since he was convicted. After he was convicted, Van Dyke was transferred to Rock Island County Jail. Following his sentencing, he was transferred to the Federal Prison in Danbury, Connecticut. His lawyers said he was attacked a few hours after arriving there.
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In 2019, Van Dyke was transferred to a state jail in Maryland. It was not immediately clear where he was being held Friday.