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

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.

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. AP / PA Images AP / PA Images / 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 

Your Voice
Readers Comments
23
This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
Leave a Comment
    Submit a report
    Please help us understand how this comment violates our community guidelines.
    Thank you for the feedback
    Your feedback has been sent to our team for review.

    Leave a commentcancel