Defense Attorney Daniel Herbert Says Van Dyke Was ‘Sacrificial Lamb’

Verdict will change law enforcement?

“We don’t believe that the evidence supported the conviction. But at the end of the day, with the Cook County jury and with the pressure that we had with this case we started this case 50 yards behind the starting line.”

Herbert also suggested that the verdict marked “a sad day for law enforcement” and would alter the way police officers approach their job.

“We’ve all heard about the Ferguson effect,” said Herbert. “If police officers think that they can never fire against someone that is acting the way Laquan McDonald did 12 feet away from him I think that what we are going to have is that police officers are going to become security guards. There will not be a police officer getting out of a car to confront somebody. Maybe that’s what everyone wants. I don’t know. We’ll have to see how it plays out.”


via WTTW

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