After deliberating for over 6 hours, a Chicago jury convicted former police officer Jason Van Dyke of 2nd degree murder in the shooting and killing of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke, who was initially charged with first-degree murder, was also found guilty of aggravated battery charges.
Members of McDonald's family were seen crying as the verdict was read aloud in the courtroom. Van Dyke's bail was revoked and he was immediately taken into custody. The shooting, which took place in October 2014, was the first case in over 30 years to have a Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality. Once police officials released the dashcam video of the shooting incident, it set off 4 years protests, garnering national attention. Three other Chicago police officers were found to have given false reports and information related to the McDonald case, including failing to correct false information and no attempts to interview three witnesses.
PLEASE NOTE That this story contains a video of the shooting.
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