Chicago Police Officer Found Guilty of Second Degree Murder In 2014 Shooting of Laquan McDonald
A 14 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of Second Degree Murder and 16 counts of Aggravated Battery.
What Happened Today?What happened today?
Chicago police officer was found guilty today (Friday, October 5, 2018) of second degree murder as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery, one count for each time he shot Laquan McDonald.
The Charges Against the OfficerThough Officer Van Dyke was originally charged with first -degree murder, the jurors found him guilty of second degree murder, a less serious crime. Officer Van Dyke was the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first degree murder since the 1980s.
The FactsWe know that almost four years ago, on October 20, 2017, Laquan McDonald was killed by Officer Jason Van Dyke as McDonald was behaving erratically while walking down a Chicago street holding a folding knife with a three-inch blade. Police initially stated that the shooting was justified but, a year later, dash cam video showed that Laquan McDonald was walking away from police when he was shot. McDonald*s family reached a settlement with the city. For more information, see https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/05/us/jason-van-dyke-laquan-mcdonald-verdict/index.html or https://www.foxnews.com/us/jason-van-dyke-trial-chicago-cop-found-guilty-of-second-degree-murder-of-laquan-mcdonald .