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#JusticeForLaquan: Chicago Police Officer Sentenced To 6 Years For 2014 Shooting Of Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke, who is White, fatally shot McDonald after he spotted the 17-year-old walking down the street with a small knife in his hand.
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 05: Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, left, is led away after his guilty verdict in his trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on October 5, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Antonio Perez - Pool/Getty Images)
By Paula Rogo · January 19, 2019

Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago cop who shot and killed Laquan McDonald in 2014, was sentenced Friday to six years and nine months in prison.

The sentencing came down just days after three of Van Dyke’s colleagues were found not guilty of falsifying reports and conspiring to cover up the death of McDonald, who had been shot sixteen times by Van Dyke.

Van Dyke, who is white, fatally shot McDonald after he spotted the17-year-old teen walking down the street with a small knife in his hand. The former police officer was convicted of second-degree murder charges last October, and he is still facing more time for 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm.

“This is a significant sentence,” Joe McMahon said. “I and this team are satisfied we achieved our goal of justice and holding Jason Van Dyke accountable for his actions.”