Chicago Police Officer guilty of murder in shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17

For the first time in nearly 50-years, a Chicago Police Officer has been convicted of murder in an on-duty shooting. Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, an African American male. Officer Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with firearms on each of the 16 shots he fired into the 17-year-old body.

Autopsy photos of Laquan Mcdonald

Fearing demonstrations and riots, police officers were out in full force; however, there was a sigh of relief after the guilty verdict was announced. Businesses had closed early and commuters hurriedly ran out of downtown Chicago. Schools had also announced plans to close early and reschedule Friday night sports events for Monday.

Three other Chicago police officers have been charged with conspiring to cover up the murder that occurred on the night of October 20, 2014. They are expected to go on trial next month. In addition to that criminal case, the entire Chicago Police Department now faces federal oversight following a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into the shooting.

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