Van Dyke Found Guilty in Murder of Laquan McDonald

After nearly four years, Jason Van Dyle was convicted in the murder of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.

After nearly four years, Jason Van Dyle was convicted in the murder of Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald.

By MCNS Staff

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of Laquan McDonald by a jury this past Thursday afternoon.

Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old 16 times and continued to fire his weapon at the teenager even as he laid on the ground motionless. Shots were not fired by any other officers who were on the scene.

The jury found officer Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each shot that he fired, according to the Chicago Tribune. He was originally charged with first-degree murder, however jurors were instructed on Thursday that they could also consider second-degree murder.

Van Dyke testified and gave a version of the shooting that was altogether different from the video evidence that prosecutors presented. He claimed that Laquan “advanced” toward him during the encounter with a knife in his hand and that he opened fire in response. However, the video evidence proved that his account was false. The police dashboard camera video of the shooting was released three years ago by court order.

As a result of the verdict, Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and his sentencing was scheduled for October 31, according to CNN. Therefore, he was taken into custody. According to the Chicago Tribune, he faces a minimum of six years in prison.

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