(CBS) – The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 is defending its hiring of the suspended Chicago police officer who is charged in the controversial death of Laquan McDonald.
The FOP on Thursday confirmed it has employed Jason Van Dyke, who faces charges he murdered McDonald in November 2014 by pumping 16 rounds into the black suspect, as a dashcam rolled nearby.
FOP officials say Van Dyke’s family was without income, partly because no one would hire him in the wake of the videotape’s public release. Also, the union says, Van Dyke’s wife was unable to continue running her home business.
“After several threats against the safety of his spouse and her clients his wife was forced to shut down her family-run business; resulting in zero household income,” FOP President Dean Angelo said in a prepared statement.
Earlier Thursday, a handful of protesters showed up to the lodge office, demanding to see Angelo.