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Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer accused of fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times in less than 30 seconds, was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery on Friday.
After the verdict was read, protestors who had gathered outside the courthouse cheered and clapped. Some chanted “justice has won.”
The article goes on to state the following:
Ahead of the verdict, Judge Vincent Gaughan warned people in the courtroom to contain their outbursts, telling them: “If you do act out, I will have you arrested.”
“Look into your heart and control your emotions,” he said. “This will not be easy for anyone on either side.”
McDonald was shot 16 times in 2014. The shooting was captured on police dash camera video and sparked years of racial tension in the Illinois city. The trial has polarized Chicago and garnered national attention over how to police minority communities.
Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and one count of official misconduct in McDonald’s death. The judge also told jurors they could consider second-degree murder.
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