At the last pre-trial hearing on March 28, 2018, Judge Vincent Guaghan said the jury trial for the murder of Laquan McDonald by CPD officer Jason Van Dyke will begin this summer. The next hearing on the requested change of venue that Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys are requesting is April 18th at 9 am, room 500. Join us with the Chicago Alliance to protest this! They want to move the trial to the suburbs. We say hell no!
Van Dyke’s attorneys are looking at non Cook County suburbs, ie non Black ones. Specifically, they are surveying 3 different counties on public awareness of Jason Van Dyke. They’re going to make the argument that the areas where people are most unfamiliar with Jason Van Dyke and Laquan McDonald are where the trial should be.
This means they are looking for the easiest way to get Jason Van Dyke off. This also means they fear a guilty verdict in Cook County. Chicago has never found a cop guilty for killing a Black person. We must keep he pressure on and demand the trial stay in Chicago! Van Dyke killed in Chicago, he must face our wrath in the very City he committed his crimes and murder in.