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Jason Van Dyke, Cop Who Murdered Laquan McDonald, Beaten in Prison

The former Chicago police officer who was convicted of killing black teenager Laquan McDonald has been assaulted in prison, the ex-cop’s attorney has told USA Today. Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to seven years in prison for second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm for the 2014 shooting. Jennifer Blagg, an attorney assisting Van Dyke on his appeal, claims he was assaulted by fellow inmates soon after being transferred to a prison in Connecticut this month. Another source close to the Van Dyke family told USA Today that Van Dyke suffered facial injuries in the attack. “Jason runs into problems because of what he represents and there are inmates who resent that and would be proud to say they are the guy that beat him up or hurt him,” said Blagg. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times. The shooting was captured on dash-cam video, which appears to show McDonald walking away from Van Dyke when he opened fire.