Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Officer Jason Van Dyke Found Guilty of Second-Degree Murder in Laquan McDonald Killing
Van Dyke, who was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery, sat impassively in a dark suit — his shoulders slumped — as the verdicts were read in the high-profile case. At one point, he sipped water from a bottle. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
His bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31. Van Dyke was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs.
Though he was originally charged with first -degree murder, jurors were instructed Thursday that they also could consider second-degree murder.
The panel of eight women and four men — seven white, one black, three Hispanic and one Asian — began deliberations Thursday afternoon.
Van Dyke was the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder since 1980.
Video of the shooting led to protests, a Justice Department civil rights investigation, criticism of the city’s mayor and eventually the ouster of the police superintendent.
The prosecution said Van Dyke fired unnecessarily within six seconds after arriving at the scene, striking McDonald 16 times.
The shooting was captured on a grainy police dashcam video. Van Dyke said he fired in self-defense after McDonald lunged at him with a knife. But the dashcam video — which a judge ordered the city to release 13 months after the shooting — showed McDonald walking away from police, rather than charging at them.