White Chicago cop convicted of murder in shooting of black teen | News


A Chicago jury convicted a white police officer of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African American. 

Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times on the night of October 20, 2014, as the teen, who was carrying a knife, appeared to be walking away from him. 

The shooting was captured on police video, sparking outrage throughout the city. 

The 12-person jury reached a verdict on Friday, just a day after beginning deliberations. He was also convicted of 16 counts of aggravated battery, and acquitted of one count of official misconduct. 

Protesters gathered outside the court as the verdict was read. Video posted on social media, showed activists and others cheering and chanting: “We finally got justice!” 

Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder, a…

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