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What's Next For Police Officer Van Dyke When He Enters Cook County Jail?

By Mark Konkol | November 24, 2015 1:54pm
 Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke
Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke
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LITTLE VILLAGE — Now that Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with murder and ordered held without bond, the 37-year old Chicago police officer is headed to Cook County Jail.

There, Van Dyke will be go through the standard jail processing which includes filling out paperwork, getting fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. He will be stripped of his personal property, issued an inmate ID number and be allowed to make a phone call.

Van Dyke will be offered the chance to be placed into protective custody rather than enter the jail’s general inmate population, a law enforcement source said.

When police officers are jailed in Cook County, the sheriff’s office generally doesn’t want officers encountering inmates whom they may have arrested. 

Van Dyke could be held in a single cell, but generally inmates in protective custody are segregated into sections of the jail with other inmates that aren’t a threat to their safety, the source said.

Van Dyke will be held in jail until at least Monday. Judge Donald Panarese Jr. said wants to see the video showing Van Dyke fatally shooting Laquan McDonald before reconsidering whether to set bail for Van Dyke.


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