Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Jason Van Dyke Sentencing

Jan 18, 2019
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the sentencing of Jason Van Dyke: 

“Jason Van Dyke’s sentence is preposterous and makes a mockery out of the criminal justice system.  It is truly outrageous that this convicted murderer has only been sentenced to 6 years and 9 months for taking the life of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.  This is a devastating blow to those who are yearning for justice and accountability.  This is an insult to the thousands of African-American men who are wasting away in prisons and jails — convicted of crimes that do not come close to cold-blooded murder.  This is not justice.”

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