Activists protest upcoming release of ex-Chicago police officer convicted of killing Laquan McDonald

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – Activists on Saturday gathered at the 95th Street CTA Red Line station to protest the upcoming release of former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Van Dyke, sentenced to six years and nine months for second degree murder in the 16-shot fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, is scheduled to leave prison on Feb. 3. He would have served about half his sentence – getting time off for good behavior.

The Chicago Tribune reported activists, including community organizer William Calloway, called on the U.S. Attorney to file federal charges against Van Dyke. They also want members of the CTA transit workers unions to stop working – to bring on a city-wide shutdown of public transportation until the federal charges are filed.