“FEAR OF BLACK MEN” MAY NO LONGER BE A DEFENSE
Will the Laquan McDonald case prove to be a beginning?
Marlene L. Daut
Friday’s conviction of former police officer Jason Van Dyke for the murder of Laquan McDonald may not bode well for Amber Guyger. She is the off-duty Dallas police officer who fatally shot St. Lucian native Botham Shem Jean on September 6 in his own apartment. The conviction of Van Dyke, the first of its kind in Chicago in several decades, signals a change. Police officers typically get away with killing Black men, often citing their fear for their life as the reason. This time it didn’t work.