by Lynde Langdon
Posted 10/05/18, 03:28 pm
A jury on Friday convicted a white Chicago police officer of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of a black teenager. Officer Jason Van Dyke, a 13-year veteran of the force, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was holding a knife and had stabbed the tire of a police car. Officers had him surrounded on a city street and were waiting for someone to arrive with a stun gun to subdue him. Squad car video showed McDonald walking away from police when Van Dyke fired 16 shots. At trial, Van Dyke said the video did not show his point of view, and he believed his life was in danger.