The mother of Laquan McDonald intends to fight the release of her son’s confidential juvenile records to attorneys for a white Chicago police officer who fatally shot the black teen.
Following a hearing Thursday in Cook County juvenile court, the mother’s attorney, Robert Robertson, called the request by lawyers for Officer Jason Van Dyke irrelevant because the officer didn’t know McDonald’s identity let alone his troubled past when he opened fire in October 2014.
“It’s an unnecessary character attack prior to trial,” said Robertson, referring to the first-degree murder charges facing Van Dyke. The family received a $5 million out-of-court settlement from the city after McDonald’s fatal shooting.
Robertson said that McDonald’s mother, Tina Hunter, who is raising her daughter in the Chicago area, wants her privacy.
“They really don’t want themselves drawn into the public eye,” he said.
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