Jury Declares Chicago Police Officer Guilty in Shooting of LaQuan McDonald

Laquan McDonald: Verdict reached in Chicago police shooting

On Friday, a jury found Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in the 2014 fatal shooting on Laquan McDonald, guilty of second-degree murder, guilty of 16 counts aggravated battery and not guilty of official misconduct.

He was accused of first-degree murder and aggravated battery after police dashcam video taken on the evening of October 20, 2014, showed him opening fire within seconds of coming out of his patrol vehicle.

The city had been on edge in advance of the verdict, since the case had already caused political upheaval and months of earlier protests.

Laquan McDonald, 17, was carrying a knife when Van Dyke fired at him on a dimly lit street where he was surrounded by other officers. See more of the reactions to Jason Van Dyke's guilty verdict down below.

A judge ordered police to release the dashcam footage in November 2015 after the Democratic city leader's administration fought to withhold the video for a year.

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The department said in a statement that it had "a comprehensive operating plan to ensure public safety in all of our neighbourhoods while simultaneously protecting the rights of peaceful demonstrations".

The jury heard that the first police officers on the scene kept a distance from McDonald as he walked. Among those testifying were several current or former employees at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center who said they had violent run-ins with McDonald.

The families of Van Dyke and McDonald were present in the fifth-floor courtroom.

To boost their contention that McDonald was risky, defense attorneys built a case against the teenager, who had been a ward of the state for most of his life and wound up in juvenile detention after an arrest for marijuana possession in January 2014. PCP, known as Phencyclidine, is a dissociative hallucinogenic drug known to trigger outbursts of violence in users.

Defence attorney Daniel Herbert called it "unprecedented" for an officer to be charged with murder for doing his job to stop an armed offender. Though he was never disciplined, a jury did once award $350,000 to a man who filed an excessive force lawsuit against him. He pleaded not guilty. None of the other officers on the scene fired their weapons.

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In preparation for the verdict, Chicago authorities made sure the full police force would be available resulting in an additional 4,000 officers throughout the city.

A video of the incident, which was released more than a year after the shooting, sparked days of protests, led to the dismissal of the city's police superintendent and prompted sharp criticism of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Initially, Emanuel said that the U.S. Department of Justice should not investigate the CPD.

Schools and businesses braced for potential unrest, and people across the city paused in the middle of the day to listen for the jury's decision.

Van Dyke must serve 85 percent of whatever sentence the judge sets before being eligible for parole. Another juror, a black woman, said race did not factor in their deliberations in the racially charged case. "Cases, such as Laquan McDonald, Mike Brown, Alton Sterling, [Sandra Bland] and Philando Castile are brutal illustrations on why we need a clear documentation of facts when citizen-encounters with police turn deadly".

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