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Officer Convicted of Murder in Slaying of Laquan McDonald

A jury has convicted Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. 

Van Dyke sat emotionless as the verdict, which was reached nearly 24 hours after jurors began deliberating, was read in court. 

The Chicago police officer was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery and not guilty of official misconduct. His bond was revoked and he was taken into custody moments later. 

Second-degree murder carries a four- to 20-year prison sentence, but can also result in four years of probation instead of prison. Aggravated battery carries a six- to 30-year sentence, 85 percent of which must be served. 

The long-awaited verdict comes nearly four years to the date after black teen Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by the white officer. Dashcam video showing the shooting shook the city and the nation, sparking massive protests and calls for justice. 

September would have marked McDonald’s 21st birthday. 

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