Sims Verdict

CHICAGO – Senator Elgie R. Sims, Jr. (D-Chicago) released the following statement after a jury found Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald:

“Today’s verdict represents a positive step in the effort to repair strained relations between law enforcement and many communities. This is not a time for celebration as much as it is an opportunity for action and reflection about where we go as a community.  I hope this case sets a precedent where the men and women who bravely wear the uniform of law enforcement continue to serve and protect without the inappropriate actions of a few damaging the reputation of all.

“I applaud the jury for carrying out the very difficult task that came before them, and for delivering justice for the family of Mr. McDonald.  This verdict shows that justice can prevail and provides a message to our communities that their voices will be heard.  We must continue moving forward and being committed to improving relations between law enforcement and the communities they serve.”