Officer Who Shot Laquan McDonald Charged With Second Degree Murder

The metropolis of Chicago simply set free a deep sigh of reduction. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was accused of murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, had his verdict learn this afternoon. Van Dyke stood to do as much as life in jail if discovered responsible of the assorted prices, together with two counts of first-degree homicide; he'd additionally been charged with one rely of official misconduct, and sixteen counts of aggravated battery.

The jury's determination got here at roughly 2:45 PM EST at present, discovering Van Dyke responsible of second-degree homicide and sixteen counts of aggravated battery. The metropolis had anticipated protests to ensue ought to the decision clear Van Dyke's title, although it seems to be like they're going to solely need to deal with celebrations now. The trial had already been a supply of concern, inflicting a number of demonstrations. The jury that reached Van Dyke's verdict was composed of eight girls and 4 males, with seven of them being white, three Hispanic, one Asian, and one Black.

This determination comes on the heels of different high-profile examinations into the conduct of police officers. This previous March it was revealed that the Baton Rouge officers answerable for killing Alton Sterling won't have prices introduced towards them. It would seem that Van Dyke's sentencing is a change within the narrative, that hopefully results in extra accountability within the nation's police departments.

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