Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder for the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
On Friday (October 5), the jury found Van Dyke guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery however, he was not found guilty of official misconduct. The officer’s bond was revoked and his sentencing is scheduled for October 31. He was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Originally, Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, but jurors were instructed on Thursday that they could also consider a second-degree charge. Van Dyke was the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder since 1980.
Protests erupted after video of the shooting became public in 2015. Social media is now reacting and most are rejoicing that justice was done.
My thoughts on Jason Van Dyke pic.twitter.com/a4UPqYKMKv— Rev Zo (@revolutionzo) October 5, 2018
This was a horrendous killing & he deserves prison time. My heart goes out to the family of Laquan McDonald. Breaks my heart that this young man couldn't grow old💔— 🦋Reverend Krista❌SHADOW BANNED (@RevKNC) October 5, 2018
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I appreciate the jury that convicted Jason Van Dyke today. I'm reading the interviews they gave and it's clear that they took their responsibility seriously and deliberated accordingly. They helped give Laquan and the citizens of our city the justice they deserved.— Squeaky Kitty (@StitchIsMyPatro) October 5, 2018
There is much more work to be done, elect a Mayor for all of the People not just some, a more powerful Civilian Office of Accountability for Police reform, because there are many more Jason Van Dyke's on the force.— Robert L. Smoot (@qyou185) October 5, 2018
Laquan McDonald was murdered in a brutal and horrific way by Jason Van Dyke, a man who had sworn an oath to protect the people in his jurisdiction. I am truly happy to see the justice system is starting to pivot in a way that protects all people.— NomisNod (@nomis_nod) October 5, 2018
A brief message to the people attempting to defend Jason Van Dyke: You’re Trash. #Isaidwhatisaid— kechi (@happyblackchick) October 5, 2018
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