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Chicago ex-cop sentenced for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into the 17-year-old during the confrontation in 2014.

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke reacts with attorneys Tammy Wendt, left, and Daniel Herbert at Van Dyke's sentencing hearing.
Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke reacts with attorneys Tammy Wendt, left, and Daniel Herbert at Van Dyke's sentencing hearing.
Image: Chicago Tribune/TNS/ABACA/PA Images

A WHITE FORMER Chicago police officer was sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on Friday for fatally shooting a black teenager in 2014, an incident that triggered months of protests in the city.

Jason Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald during the confrontation, which occurred while he still a member of the force.

The slaying was captured on police video that showed the knife-wielding teen appearing to walk away from officers when he was shot.

“My findings are an appropriate sentence would be 81 months in the Illinois Department of Corrections, two years mandatory supervised release,” Judge Vincent Gaughan said.

chicago-police-laquan-mcdonald-390x285 In this screenshot taken from a police dash-cam video, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being fatally shot. Source: AP/PA Images

In October, a jury had convicted Van Dyke of second-degree murder over the killing.

Three of Van Dyke’s fellow officers were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice for allegedly filing false reports about what happened.

They were acquitted on Thursday.

The city’s police chief and lead prosecutor both lost their jobs after the McDonald shooting, one in a series of fatal encounters between US police and African Americans, who formed the Black Lives Matter movement in response.

© – AFP 2019 

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