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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.”

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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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  1. I do not know how a police officer can go daily to a job where he has to deal all day long ( or night) with the worst of the worst. Get sworn at, has to defend him or herself against physical assault. Chase down a perp and more. I understand that as a human being someone could lose control even as a professional. From my point of view I cannot stand to see these punks every time there is a protest, smashing store windows and loot as fast as they can and get away with it. Even the covering of ones face while protesting is far more than I could ever tolerate. That alone shows that the protestor has evil intent.
    I am surprised that in today’s environment anyone wants to be a cop. Though the mothers in so many bad neighborhoods are begging police to come and patrol, but heaven help them if one of them kills a Black man of any age. I did not follow this, so I am not able to comment on this particular incident, what I do know is that there are incidences where a shooting is not provoked and this Laquan was a quire boy. 16 shots however is excessive in any case.

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