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Laquan McDonald: Chicago officer convicted of killing teen

October 5, 2018 3:07 pm

A white police officer who killed a black teenager four years ago in Chicago has been found guilty of second-degree murder.

Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, seconds after arriving on the scene, claiming he feared for his life as the 17-year-old had a knife.

Mr Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, but has been convicted of the lesser charge.

Chicago is bracing for protests. The 20 October 2014 shooting sparked outcry.

Mr Van Dyke has also been found guilty on all 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm – one count per shot fired.

The jury found him not guilty of official misconduct.

His bail was revoked and he was taken into custody following the verdict.

Mr Van Dyke now faces a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of over 15 years, with the possibility of probation.

The jury of eight women and four men – one African-American, seven white, one Asian-American and three Hispanic – started deliberations on Thursday afternoon.