Jason Van Dyke could serve this many years after killing Laquan McDonald

Photo source: Cook County Jail

Shortly before 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. A jury also found Van Dyke guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery but not guilty of official misconduct. His bond was revoked, and he was taken into custody moments later.

In the state of Illinois, second-degree murder carries a four- to 20-year prison sentence but can also result in four years of probation instead of prison. Aggravated battery carries a six- to 30-year sentence.

Van Dyke was initially charged with six counts of first-degree murder for shooting McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. He had entered a plea of not guilty.

In a dash cam video, McDonald is seen walking away from officers who surrounded him in the middle of the street. Contrary to initial police reports, McDonald was not charging at police when he was shot. Instead, he was walking away until Van Dyke decided to open fire. While McDonald was on the ground, more bullets appeared to enter his body. Van Dyke was reportedly the only officer to fire his weapon.

Here are reactions to the verdict from social media.

 

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Shaw's latest book, Trap History, delves into the history and global dominance of Trap music. Follow his journey on TrapHistory.Com, Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.



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