Chicago archdiocese calls for restraint after ex-cop Jason Van Dyke convicted of murder

The Roman Catholic archdiocese of Chicago called Wednesday for Chicago prosecutors to use restraint in deciding whether to charge the jury that convicted former police officer Jason Van Dyke.

“As we’ve consistently been clear, while the jury made a judgment regarding the proven facts, the crime is the charged offense,” said Gerald Green, director of communications for the archdiocese. “As such, as prosecutors, it is their responsibility to evaluate and consider all the factors in the case and to proceed with prudence and deliberation.

Van Dyke was convicted Tuesday night of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery for fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald nearly two years ago on the city’s Southwest Side.

The shooting of McDonald, who was carrying a small knife, sparked nationwide protests after a dashcam video of the incident was released by the city in November 2015. A judge refused a defense request to suppress the video, so it was immediately made public.

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