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CHICAGO (AP) — The family of a white Chicago police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times has spoken about it publicly for the first time since he was charged with murder.

The wife, father and other relatives of Jason Van Dyke spoke to the Chicago Tribune with the officer’s approval, though Van Dyke followed his attorney’s advice in declining to be interviewed himself.

They describe Van Dyke as a caring father who dotes on his two daughters. A brother-in-law who is black says it’s unfair to assume the teen’s race influenced Van Dyke’s decision to use deadly force.

His wife, Tiffany, says Van Dyke became an officer with hopes of making a difference. But she says years working in high-crime areas sapped his optimism and left him emotionally closed-off.

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13 thoughts on “Family Of Chicago Officer Charged With Laquan McDonald’s Murder Breaks Silence

  1. Gigi on said:

    Rarely do family members go against their own they rarely think or believe their loved one is guilty of any crime

  2. Linda on said:


    Why is it when White folks commit COLD BLOODED MURDER against US do they always come up with some LAME ALIBI!!!!!!!!!

    WHO THE F–K CARES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    JUST CONVICT THIS POS AND SEND HIM TO JAIL FOR LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Lawrence on said:

    Any wagers on how many black shoot blacks this weekend in Chicago, and how much nobody will care? I’ll open the bidding at 16

  4. Lawrence on said:

    “But she says years working in high-crime areas sapped his optimism and left him emotionally closed-off.” The ghetto has that affect on everyone

  5. Honestly on said:

    When this cave n!@@er van dyke gets away with murdering this kid. Slaughter every savage animal across this nation with a police badge. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

  6. Barb on said:

    He’s a racist animal that needs to be caged up, and his sorry ass brother-n-law needs his head examined. Typical sorry ass black boy (not a man).

  7. whatever13 on said:

    A lot of the police officers in Chicago should not be police officers period. Forget being reprimanded, he’s needs to go to jail where he can get some help mentally.

    • wgailb on said:

      Reprimanded??????? He needs to go to jail for murder in the first degree. What kind of animal would shoot another human being 16 times? I still cannot wrap my mind around someone shooting another person 16 times unless the shooter is not human. Look at that vacant look that he always seems to have in his eyes. There is nothing united about this country. All I see is implosion. JESUS is the only answer. Time is growing short! Seek OUR HEAVENLY FATHER before he shuts the door.

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