A former Chicago cop’s wife had her job delayed because her husband faces 16 additional charges for the murder of a black teenager.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office reportedly told Tiffany Van Dyke not to come to her job training last week, reports the New York Daily News. They cited concerns about Van Dyke’s safety while working as a county jail correctional officer.
Van Dyke’s husband, Jason Van Dyke, faces an additional 16 counts of aggravated battery for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald in 2014. The case caused an uproar in Chicago after dash-cam footage surfaced showing Van Dyke shooting the teen 16 times.
Van Dyke said she was prepared for the job and had bought the uniforms for it. She already quit her jobs as a fitness trainer and bartender because of the new job, she said.
“All I want to do is support my family financially. Right now, we are really struggling and this job would have been a big help. I spent almost a year undergoing tests and interviews for this job. I was even told to buy my uniforms and to give notice to my previous employers,” she said in a statement.
The Cook County Sheriff’s office maintained her job was only delayed while they “evaluate the situation,” an aide for Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart explained.
“It’s our responsibility to all our employees to ensure their safety and we are doing that in this case,” sheriff’s chief policy officer Cara Smith said.
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