Legal experts argue if the judge had sentenced Jason Van Dyke on the 16 counts of aggravated battery, Van Dyke’s prison term would be much longer.
CHICAGO (CBS) — In a rare move, a push on Monday to get a new, tougher prison sentence for former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports it’s unusual because it’s coming from the state’s top attorney.
When Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to seven years in prison for killing teenager Laquan McDonald, Chicago activists were outraged. They called the punishment lenient.
It appears they have an ally in Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.
“This is the first step in asking the court to declare that the trial court improperly sentenced Jason Van Dyke for the murder and aggravated battery of Laquan McDonald,” said Raoul.

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