The metropolis Chicago simply let loose a deep sigh aid. Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was accused murdering 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014, had his verdict learn this afternoon. Van Dyke stood to do as much as life in jail if discovered responsible the varied prices, together with two counts first-degree homicide; he’d additionally been charged with one rely ficial misconduct, and sixteen counts aggravated battery.
The jury’s determination got here at roughly 2:45 PM EST at the moment, discovering Van Dyke responsible second-degree homicide and sixteen counts aggravated battery. The metropolis had anticipated protests to ensue ought to the decision clear Van Dyke’s title, although it appears to be like like they will solely should cope with celebrations now. The trial had already been a supply outrage, inflicting a number of demonstrations. The jury that reached Van Dyke’s verdict was composed eight girls and 4 males, with seven them being white, three Hispanic, one Asian, and one Black.
This determination comes on the heels different high-prile examinations into the conduct police ficers. This previous March it was revealed that the Baton Rouge ficers chargeable for killing Alton Sterling is not going to have prices introduced in opposition to them. It would seem that Van Dyke’s sentencing is a change within the narrative, that hopefully results in extra accountability within the nation’s police departments.