Back in 2014 the City of Chicago was riled by a police involved shooting where a teenager, LaQuan McDonald, was shot 16 times by an officer. Now that officer has been convicted of second-degree murder in the boy’s death.
In October of 2014, police were called about a teen who was acting strangely. He was reportedly high on drugs at the time. Chicago Police officers found McDonald walking down the street in an agitated state and carrying a knife. Police soon confronted the teen on the street and warned him to drop the weapon. Instead of complying, LaQuan McDonald tried to walk away from officers and he did not drop the weapon.
Officers pursued him and began to try and surround him. But at one point, surprising the other officers on the scene, officer Jason Van Dyke opened fire on the boy, letting loose 16 shots and killing him on the spot. Not one of the other half dozen officers present fired a single shot. Van Dyke did all the shooting. He has maintained he felt he was in fear of his life from the drugged up teen carrying a knife.
At last, after four years of charges against him, the officer has been convicted of murdering the teen.
Per Breitbart News:
On Friday afternoon, a Cook County jury pronounced Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of teenager LaQuan McDonald.
Van Dyke was tried for murdering the 17-year-old in 2014 by shooting him 16 times during a police stop even as all other officers on the scene refrained from firing a single shot.
On Friday, a jury convicted the officer on one count of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm (one for each bullet fired). He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
Officer Van Dyke faces up to life in prison, and the judge revoked his bond after the jury delivered its verdict.
The diverse panel — seven white, one black, three Hispanic, and one Asian — began their deliberations Thursday afternoon on a case that rankled the Windy City after video of the shooting was made public.
Officials — and even schools — were preparing for mass riots if the officer had been found not guilty. Fortunately, those riots did not materialize after the officer was convicted on nearly every count.
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