Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke Won’t Face Federal Charges for Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke will not face federal charges for the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, U.S. Attorney John Lausch’s office confirmed in a highly unusual statement Monday.

“U.S. Attorney Lausch has spoken with a representative of Mr. McDonald’s family on multiple occasions over the past three years. … The family was in agreement not to pursue a second prosecution, and the office respects their position,” the announcement read.

The seven-paragraph statement also cited Van Dyke’s 81-month prison sentence — of which he served more than three years — as well as the consent decree prompted by McDonald’s death that now governs the Chicago Police Department.

“There is a significant prospect that a second prosecution would diminish the important results already achieved,” Lausch’s office said.

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