A court in Chicago convicted a white police officer of murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, a 17 year-old African American.
Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times on the night of 20 October, 2014,
The shooting captured on video showed the teen, who was carrying a knife, walking away from Jason before collapsing under fire. The incident drew huge public outrage.
The 12-person jury convicted jason of 16 counts of aggravated battery, and acquitted of one count of official misconduct.
Protesters gathered outside the court as court read out the verdict and chanted “We have got justice”.
Jason was charged with first-degree murder, a charge that requires a finding that the shooting was unnecessary and unreasonable. The judge told jurors the second-degree charge was also available, requiring them to find Jason believed his life was in danger, but that the belief was unreasonable. Second-degree murder usually carries a sentence less than 20 years.
The video showing gruesome murder was played repeatedly at the trial. It shows McDonald surrounded largely on a city street.
According to several officers who testified, they were waiting for someone to arrive with a stun gun to use on the teenager when Jason arrived. He opens fire. McDonald spins, then crumples to the ground. Jason continues to shoot when the boy is lying in the street.