Nearly four years after the shooting and killing of a 17 year old black teenager Laquan McDonald, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder. He was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, each count representing the 16 shots he fired at Laquan. 
Police came face to face with Laquan back in 2014 after a 911 call reported that someone was breaking into vehicles, and popped the tire on an officers vehicle. 
Van Dyke claimed he opened fire on the teen, who was holding a small knife, because he feared for his life and continued to fire after McDonald was on the ground because he believed he was still a threat saying that Laquan's face was "expressionless" and "His eyes were just bugging out of his head" as he kept advancing towards him with the knife and fired after repeatedly asking Laquan to drop the knife but he refused. The dashcam however showed Laquan walking away from the officers as Van Dyke opened fire. Laquan was rushed to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead. 
Another officer Dora Fontaine testified that McDonald never moved aggressively toward the police officers. Officer Joseph Walsh claimed that McDonald swung a knife right before he was shot, Office Joseph Welsh along with Former detective David March and Officer Thomas Gaffney face charges of conspiring to cover up for Van Dyke 
This is the first time since 1980 that a Chicago police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty death. He could be sentenced to as little as probation and as long as 20 years in prison. Each count of aggravated battery carries a sentence of 6 to 30 years in prison. Van Dyke's bond was revoked and he was led out the courtroom in handcuffs. 

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