Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Recently Released Chicago Inspector General Report Regarding the Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke

Oct 16, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the recently released Chicago Inspector General report regarding the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke:

“I know that many of us are justifiably outraged at the recent revelations surrounding the murder, and subsequent cover-up, of Laquan McDonald. However, it is critical that we focus our righteous fury towards those directly involved in this conspiracy, and support those who have used their power to advocate for meaningful institutional reforms within the CPD.

“There has been much criticism from many members of my community regarding the role of Superintendent Eddie Johnson, then Deputy Chief of Patrol, in determining disciplinary measures related to McDonald’s murder. Although I agree with their frustration, I personally do not believe that Supt. Johnson should be held accountable for the actions of the department at that time.  In my view, he was simply not in a position to make any decision regarding the public release of the 2014 dashcam footage.

“I support Supt. Johnson and believe he has done the necessary work to promote public safety in Chicago and has made meaningful efforts to restore the public’s trust in the CPD.”