Jason Van Dyke Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison

Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke sits between two of his attorneys at a December 14 post-conviction hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Courthouse veterans say he could shorten any prison sentence if he can convince the judge he feels bad about Laquan McDonald’s death.
Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke sits between two of his attorneys at a December 14 post-conviction hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Courthouse veterans say he could shorten any prison sentence if he can convince the judge he feels bad about Laquan McDonald’s death. Pool photo by Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune
Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke sits between two of his attorneys at a December 14 post-conviction hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Courthouse veterans say he could shorten any prison sentence if he can convince the judge he feels bad about Laquan McDonald’s death.
Former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke sits between two of his attorneys at a December 14 post-conviction hearing in the Leighton Criminal Court Building. Courthouse veterans say he could shorten any prison sentence if he can convince the judge he feels bad about Laquan McDonald’s death. Pool photo by Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune

Jason Van Dyke Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison

The former Chicago Police officer was sentenced to nearly seven years Friday for the 2014 shooting death of a black teenager. Morning Shift's Jenn White brings you context and analysis and gets reactions to the sentence. 

GUESTS: Rob Wildeboer, senior editor of WBEZ's criminal justice desk

Steve Greenberg, veteran defense attorney 

Dick Devine, former Cook County State's Attorney

Craig Futterman, founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at the University of Chicago

Shannon Heffernan, reporter for WBEZ's criminal justice desk