Dean Angelo, former Chicago Fraternal Order of Police President has died on Tuesday 12 October 2021, after a weekslong battle with COVID-19.
Angelo led the union during the tumultuous years immediately after the shooting of Laquan McDonald. He served as president of the police union from 2014 to 2017.
According to Chicago Police Sgt. Dean Angelo Jr., his son confirmed that his father had tested positive for the coronavirus in mid-September and had been in intensive care since Sept. 26.
Dan Herbert, Angelo’s daughter who is also on the force said, “He was a gentleman, a former union attorney who represented former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in his trial for McDonald’s murder. “He would fight hard for his members, but he did it with class and you can’t always say that about everyone.”
Mr. Angelo completed some college before he joined CPD, and went back to school when the department adopted a tuition reimbursement program in 1980.
As union president, he became the most public defender of the police force when the release of a video showing Van Dyke firing 16 shots at 17-year-old McDonald put the department under unprecedented scrutiny.
Mr. Angelo attended nearly all of the pre-trial hearings in the nearly three years it took for Van Dyke to go to trial.
Mr. Angelo spent more than 37 years on the police force, mostly as a gang officer, according to his son.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.