Van Dyke’s attorneys plan to file motion to dismiss charges based on misconduct

CHICAGO — Defense attorneys representing the Chicago police officer charged with the murder of Laquan McDonald announced today that they plan to file a motion to dismiss charges based on prosecutorial misconduct.

Details of the alleged misconduct were not stated, but in previous hearings, ex-officer Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys have argued that former Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez made public statements that were prejudicial.

The case has since been assigned to special prosecutor Joe McMahon from Kane County.

Also today, Judge Vincent Gaughan denied a separate motion filed by defense attorneys to dismiss the indictment based on a right to a speedy trial.

Laquan McDonald was shot in October of 2014 and Van Dyke was charged in November of 2015.