Chicago mayoral candidate, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and former Police Board President Lori Lightfoot released the following statement in response to the sentencing of Jason Van Dyke in the murder of Laquan McDonald.
“I feel sad and frustrated,” said Lightfoot. “Judge Gaughan’s sentence of 81 months for the murder of Laquan McDonald is a supreme disappointment. While the judge gave a long oration on technical legal points, he failed to explain and justify this low sentence. Unfortunately, the lack of explanation will only fuel the perception and reality that police officers who commit crimes on duty, even murder, will not be held to the same standards as other defendants. We must continue our city’s long history of peaceful protest—protest that brought this case to light in the first place—as we continue to fight for justice.”