Jason Van Dyke is the former Chicago Hero Cop who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in October of 2014. The murder would have never come to light if it weren’t for a lawsuit settlement offered by the city – before the family could file their own. A suit that settled later for five million dollars.
Since then Van Dyke has been removed from his duties at the CPD and has struggled to find work. Therefore, his brothers in blue have once again come to his aid. According to the Chicago Sun Times:
Jason Van Dyke works for the Fraternal Order of Police, the union president confirmed Wednesday night.
WFLD-Channel 32 first reported Wednesday night that Van Dyke was working at the FOP hall in the West Loop because he couldn’t find another job.
Dean Angelo, president of the Fraternal Order of Police, said he decided to hire Van Dyke after receiving a call from the Chicago Sun-Times several weeks ago asking whether the officer was working for the union.
On Wednesday night, Angelo said he then considered the idea and decided to give Van Dyke a job.
Van Dyke, who is stripped of his police powers and is on unpaid status, makes $12 an hour from the FOP — slightly above what a typical unarmed security guard is paid — to be a jack-of-all-trades for the union.
“He might be on the roof, he might be in the office, he does anything we need,” Angelo said.
Angelo said it’s not unprecedented.
“We’ve probably had 100 people in no-pay status who we got jobs or hired at the hall. This is nothing new,” he said.
Angelo said one of those officers was Serena Daniels, who was stripped of her police powers and was eventually fired after fatally shooting LaTanya Haggerty, an unarmed passenger in a car, in 1999.The FOP’s move drew quick criticism and sparked promises of protests.
The Rev. Michael Pfleger blasted the move, saying in part on a Facebook post: “The Police Union says to Chicago we don’t give a Damn what he did or what you think he is one of ours, and we are going to take care of him . . . ”
VIDEO OF VAN DYKE MURDERING McDONALD