With conviction, Chicago police officer likely avoided decades behind bars

With conviction, Chicago police officer likely avoided decades behind bars

With conviction, Chicago police officer likely avoided decades behind bars

The Jason Van Dyke murder trial has concluded in Chicago and Van Dyke was found guilty on 16 charges of aggravated assault and one count of second-degree murder.

Upon hearing the guilty verdict, crowds outside the courthouse erupted in cheers. They screamed with joy, jumped up and down and shouted "Yes!" and "Justice for Laquan!" as they listened to a live stream of the trial's end on a cell phone. He was found not guilty of official misconduct, the Associated Press reports.

The jury was instructed that first-degree murder would carry a sentence of 45 years to life, while the sentence for second-degree murder ranged from probation to 20 years.

The families of Van Dyke and McDonald were present in the fifth-floor courtroom. See more of the reactions to Jason Van Dyke's guilty verdict down below. It was reported an inbound officer was 25 seconds away with a taser, instead of Van Dyke unloaded 16 shots into the black teen, some of which came after he already laid on the ground.

In a joint statement, activist Carl Dix and philosopher Cornel West called Van Dyke's actions "illegitimate violence" that the trial "reinforced".

Ahead of the verdict, the city had prepared for the possibility of the kind of massive protests that followed the release of the video in November 2015, with an extra 4,000 officers being put on the streets.

Schools and businesses braced for potential unrest, and people across the city paused in the middle of the day to listen for the jury's decision.

The guilty verdict will be greeted as a measure of justice by the black community in Chicago and eases concerns about the risk of public disorder in the city. But because he's an officer, it will be "hard time", possibly spent in isolation, said Steve Greenberg, who has defended clients at more than 100 murder trials.

The violent encounter sparked intense demonstrations across the city after authorities released a video showing Van Dyke firing 16 shots at McDonald, which led to a sprawling federal investigation and helped force top officials from their jobs.

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Evanston police Cmdr. Ryan Glew said there were no protests he knew of in the city just before 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon. "He waved the knife from his lower right side upwards across his body towards my left shoulder".

"I am excited", said Wilson, who is African-American and was born and raised in Chicago. Voters then dismissed the prosecutor in the case, who waited a year to charge Van Dyke.

They said Van Dyke's testimony did not help him.

Three other Chicago officers were charged last year with allegedly conspiring to cover up the fatal shooting, and they will be tried later this year. His attorneys said that McDonald, 17, would be alive if he had dropped the weapon.

Herbert argued that McDonald was to blame for what happened that night, saying "the tragedy. could have been prevented by one simple step".

'Laquan McDonald represents all of the victims that suffered what he suffered'.

"Laquan McDonald was the author, choreographer of this story", Herbert added.

The justice department issued a report past year that found the police had routinely violated the constitutional rights of the city's residents.

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