The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) have reportedly hired Jason Van Dyke, the police officer who shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing the 17-year-old teenager in 2014.
The union claims that an inquiry by the Chicago Sun-Times incited the officer's hiring. Van Dyke, who is on unpaid leave as a result of the shooting, is being paid $12 an hour to work for the union doing odd jobs. FOP President Dean Angelo decided to make the hire following the newspaper's call to see if Van Dyke had a job with the union. At the time of the inquiry, which was incited by reports from former union officials who were incensed at the idea, Van Dyke was allegedly not working for FOP. However, Angelo said, the media request made him ponder the notion of hiring Van Dyke, who was having a hard time getting a job.
Hiring a police officer that is on unpaid leave is not new, according to Angelo, who pointed at the union's previous hiring of Serena Daniels, who shot and killed LaTanya Haggerty, an unarmed 26-year-old woman, in 1999.
"We've probably had 100 people in no-pay status who we got jobs or hired at the hall. This is nothing new," Angelo said this week.
The move has drawn the ire of some Chicagoans, including South Side religious leader Fr. Michael Pfleger, who illustrated his displeasure with the hire via Facebook: