Lacquan McDonald murder: Chicago police officer convicted of killing black teenager

Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty in Murder of La Quan McDonald

Chicago court live camera footageChicago cop Jason Van Dyke was found guilty this afternoon of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in 2014.

At some point during the confrontation, Officer Van Dyke opened fire, shooting the boy 16 times.

McDonald was carrying a small knife with its blade folded, but a police video capturing the incident showed the teenager appearing to walk away from police when he was shot. The video, played repeatedly at trial, showed him firing even after the teen lay motionless on the pavement.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, lead away in handcuffs after his guilty verdict What happens now?

Other officers have also been charged, accused of covering up the shooting.

The prosecution in the case argued that Van Dyke struck McDonald 16 times after unnecessarily shooting within 6 seconds of arriving at the scene. "His face was just expressionless", Van Dyke said in testimony earlier this week.

The jury also found Van Dyke guilty of all 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

Members of the jury later told reporters that Van Dyke's testimony was not credible and seemed rehearsed.

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The city prepared for the possiblity of widespread protests but for many of those who've been campaigning for the past four years there was celebration rather than upset. But Van Dyke said McDonald was behaving erratically and had lunged at him with the knife.

Gaughan said he wouldn't punish Van Dyke this time. In August, a Texas jury found former Balch Springs, Texas Officer Roy Oliver guilty of murder for the April 2017 shooting of Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old black boy who was shot as he sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was driving away from a house party.

Yesterday, as the Van Dyke case jury began deliberations, a judge unsealed internal police documents detailing the efforts to shield the officer, which included another officer saying a detective had ordered him or her to submit an incident report with false information to hide what had actually happened on scene. Some schools, for instance, took measures to close down if Van Dyke was found not guilty. "At any step during that 20-minute rampage - if Laquan McDonald had dropped that knife - he would have been here today". They have all pleaded not guilty.

The verdict will be the latest chapter in a story that has led to the police superintendent and the county's top prosecutor both losing their jobs - one fired by the mayor and the other ousted by voters.

A week before jury selection, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek a third term, although his office insisted the case had nothing to do with his decision. "Should this occur, it may create potentially risky situations around the city".

Police said Matthew Ross, 32, made the threats Thursday to the officials who were "within a courtroom" in the 2600 block of South California Avenue, the Leighton Criminal Court Building where Van Dyke's trial was ongoing, and over social media.

"The people's cup has run over with these police violations of people's rights", he said.

"The Chicago Police Department is standing with an officer we think acted as an officer", he said.

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