White cop convicted of murder in shooting death of black teen in Chicago
By Christen Smith
Prosecuter Jody Gleason begins closing statements during the first degree murder trial for Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Chicago. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
Jurors convicted a white cop of second degree murder Friday, nearly four years to the day after he shot and killed a black teenager armed with only a knife, according to a report from the Associated Press.
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke could spend up to 20 years in prison after gunning down 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on the city’s southwest side on Oct. 20, 2014. The prosecution hung their case on dash camera footage showing the moment Van Dyke unloaded his service pistol into the teen as he walked away from two squad cars parked in the middle of a busy street.
Autopsy results showed McDonald sustained 16 gunshot wounds and had PCP in his system at the time of his death. His fatal encounter with police came after neighbors witnessed the teen breaking into cars and slashing tires, according to the AP.
Van Dyke and the department insisted McDonald carried a knife in plain view that night, lunging