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Attorney: Van Dyke's injuries not serious

CHICAGO (AP) - An attorney for the white Chicago police officer convicted in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald says the officer told her that another inmate at a Connecticut prison "jumped" him and punched him a few times but that he wasn't seriously injured.

Jennifer Blagg said Thursday that Jason Van Dyke told her and another appellate attorney during a phone call that he had been assaulted shortly after he was transferred from a state prison in Illinois to a federal prison in Danbury.

She said Van Dyke told her that he's since been moved away from other inmates for his protection. The federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that an assault happened on Feb. 7 resulting in "minor injuries." It provided no other details.

Earlier Thursday, Van Dyke's wife spoke at an emotional news conference where she demanded to know why precautions weren't taken to keep her husband safe.

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