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Chicago Officer Convicted of Murder in 2014 Shooting of Laquan McDonald

October 05, 2018  | 

A Cook County, IL, jury has convicted Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The verdict was read this afternoon at about 2 p.m. Chicago time.

Van Dyke, 40, was charged with first-degree murder, official misconduct and aggravated battery in the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting of McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Jurors were told Thursday they have the option of convicting Van Dyke of second-degree murder, which is probationable, WGN reports.

Protesters reportedly gathered at city hall to await the reading of the verdict.

Extra police have also been stationed across the city. Some 4,000 additional officers were called into duty in the wake of the verdict, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“This afternoon and evening thousands of Chicago Police officers are at the ready to safeguard neighborhoods and defend the rights of peaceful demonstrations,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. “As always any and all criminal activity that jeopardizes the safety of people of Chicago will not be tolerated.”

Comments (5)

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William @ 10/5/2018 1:06 PM

Time for the blue flu ,slow down and just be proficient on the street and don’t put yourself in a spot where you have to shoot someone

AZBIGDOG @ 10/5/2018 2:57 PM

I guess it really does not pay to go to calls involving persons who are armed or posing a threat to anyone. Makes me wonder how much the political pressure played, how the threats from the thugs and criminals demanding guilty plea affected the jury. I also wonder where they came up with the charging him with murder and then saying it was okay to find him guilty of a lesser murder charge. Think the everyday criminal would have been done the same? Doubt it.

Draco @ 10/5/2018 7:17 PM

Damn it all. Whats the point of responding? Might as well get back in my car and take off if I see a knife. It isnt worth the risk anymore. Scew it I should have picked a different career

Dam @ 10/5/2018 7:48 PM

I’m in law enforcement there was no need to shoot the person 16 times unfortunately some officers shoot first and believe they are safe

Tom Ret @ 10/14/2018 8:08 AM

I don't know if the officer thought the subject had a knife or a gun since I have not followed the case that closely. Saying that, it appears that shooting the subject while he was down was a red line for those hearing the case. The situation does beg the question though, what does the officer do when confronted by a knife wielding subject who wont comply. Should he let him walk off apparently too afraid of the consequences if he applies lethal force? Even a rookie should know it is not wise to go hands on with a subject armed with a knife. Were non lethal means available that could be employed quickly, don't know. In conclusion, it appears that the officer is in a catch 22 situation, let the subject walk off and you are in dereliction of duty or use lethal force and face charges yourself. Best at this point not to do the job which has all to often become unworkable.

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