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CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists are calling the upcoming release of Jacon Van Dyke from prison a slap in the face.

In October 2018, Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald. Three months later, he was sentenced to almost seven years in prison.

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“If Jason Van Dyke is released, it will set us back for naught,” said community activist William Calloway.

Saturday demonstrators at the 95th Street L Station called on CTA union members to stop service is Van Dyke is released.

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The former CPD officer is scheduled to get out of prison on Feb. 3 after serving just over three years.

In 2019, Van Dyke was moved to a state prison in Maryland. It was not immediately clear where he was being held as of Friday.

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Activists want the U.S. Attorney to file federal charges against Van Dyke to keep him in prison.

Source: CBS Chicago

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