The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Laquan McDonald’s Murderer Set Free

Jan 31, 2022

Former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is set to be released from prison on February 3. He’s being let off less than halfway through his 81-month sentence for shooting 16 bullets into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s body. No ordinary person in this society would expect a remotely similar fate if they had committed the same crime.

But Van Dyke is no ordinary person in this society. He is a former police officer—a position that tolerates and even insists on racist and violent activity so long as they continue to protect the interests of the ruling class.

If it weren’t for organized pressure from the population, cops like Van Dyke and George Floyd’s murderer Derek Chauvin would never have been convicted in the first place. So, it’s only right that activists are planning a rally in Downtown Chicago to protest his release.