Police Union Leaders Offer Support For Police Officer On Trial For Murder

Bernie Tafoya
September 13, 2018 - 9:36 am

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CHICAGO  (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Leaders of Chicago’s police union were outside the court building on Thursday morning in support of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is on trial in the shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said Jason Van Dyke did not get up one morning in 2014 thinking he was going to kill someone.  

"Mr. Van Dyke is not a bad person. I know for a fact he prays every day. I think he is a good person," Graham said.

Graham believes Van Dyke should not be charged with murder and that his trial should not take place in Chicago. He does not think Van Dyke can get a fair trial in Cook County.

"People who have been here in the city of Chicago have seen that video over and over again. That is a one-dimensional video that does not tell the whole story. The public just hasn’t heard the whole story yet," he said.

"Mr. Van Dyke went after an offender with a knife who was threatening bodily harm."

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Graham indicated he was biting his tongue about some of his thoughts and will wait until after the trial before sharing them.

The police union president did have some words for city leaders. 

"At some point, the City of Chicago should have taken some responsibility for what occurred that night for the lack of supervision, the lack of personnel and the lack of equipment that could have made this outcome very different," Graham said.