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Officer Van Dyke In Potential Trouble For Pre-Trial Interview

August 30, 2018 - 3:24 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The special prosecutor in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke wants the Chicago police officer held in contempt of court, now that he has given interviews just ahead of his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald.

The special prosecutor wants Van Dyke's bond increased -- or that he be taken into custody -- for violating the judge's court decorum rules by giving interviews.

The special prosecutor's motion lists several statements Van Dyke made to Chicago Tribune reporters, such as describing himself as a "scapegoat," and saying that he is "not a racist trigger-happy cop."

The murder trial is set to begin Wednesday with jury selection.

On Saturday morning at 10, there's a hearing on the special prosecutor's motion.

A statement from Van Dyke's attorney says: "The attempt to revoke or increase Jason Van Dyke's bond for exercising his First Amendment right is an egregious abuse of power."

Van Dyke fatally shot black teen McDonald during a confrontation between the 17-year-old and several police officers in 2014.