Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday, October 5, 2018 of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald, back in April of 2014.

Van Dyke was also charged with 16 counts of Aggravated Battery, and found NOT-Guilty of Official misconduct.

Van Dyke, who’s bond was over-turned was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs, pending an October 31st sentencing. After Jurors were given instruction, the Charge of 1st degree murder was upgraded to 2nd degree murder.

Van Dykes Jury consisted of Eight Women and 4 Men. 7 Black, 3 Hispanic and 1 Asian.

No Chicago Police Officer has been charged with 2nd degree Murder since 1980.

A strong point in this case, which was brought up by Special Prosecutor Jody Gleason is the statement made by Van Dyke prior to exiting his vehicle to the scene.

“I guess we’ll have to shoot him” – Officer Van Dyke

“It wasn’t the knife in Laquan’s hand that made the defendant kill him that night. It was his indifference to the value of Laquan’s life.”
“We know the defendant contemplated the decision to shoot Laquan before he even got out of his vehicle. … And he never adjusted that mindset.”  – Special Prosecutor Jody Gleason
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