Statement: What the Guilty Verdict for Laquan McDonald's Killer Could Mean for Policing
Friday last week, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder for killing 17-year old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke is the first Chicago PD officer to be convicted of murder in 50 years. Below is a statement from the Law Enforcement Action Partnership's executive director, Major Neill Franklin (Ret.).
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Accountability has never been about tarnishing the reputation of good police. Quite the contrary, accountability has always been about holding the profession in the highest esteem, rewarding good officers for their upstanding conduct, and building agencies that are more effective at keeping people safe."
The Law Enforcement Action Partnership (LEAP) is a nonprofit group of police, judges, prosecutors, and other criminal justice professionals who use their expertise to advance public safety solutions. LEAP’s nearly 200 law enforcement representatives from diverse backgrounds speak on behalf of thousands of law enforcement professionals across the U.S.
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