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Dean Angelo: President, Chicago Fraternal Order of Police.
By Kali Holloway
A Chicago cop who was suspended from the force for shooting an unarmed African-American teenager 16 times now has a job with the police union.
Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer who killed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, emptying his gun into the teen as he walked away from cops, was charged with first-degree murder last year. He was subsequently suspended without pay from the department. Chicago Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo told the Associated Press the organization had taken on Van Dyke because he’s in a “very difficult situation, financially."
Angelo told the Chicago Sun-Times that Van Dyke performs a number of odd jobs for the union. “He might be on the roof, he might be in the office,” Angelo said, “he does anything we need.”
A national light was cast on the McDonald case last year, thanks to the city’s handling of the shooting. The facts of the case, when they finally emerged, seemed to involve police brutality and murder, a coverup, suppression of video of the incident, and dirty politics.
“[T]he misconduct complaints from Van Dyke that we do have in our data tool show by and large excessive force and racial slurs,” Alison Flowers, of Invisible Institute, told press. “He has largely operated with impunity and under a code of silence with the same huddle of officers again and again.”