Officer Van Dyke Trial: Deliberations Start


van dyke courtesy of PBS“The video is not enough. It shows a perspective, but it’s the wrong perspective,” Officer Van Dyke was quoted as saying during his trial of the alleged shooting of 17-yr-old Laquan McDonald.

To refresh, the incident happened in 2014 when Van Dyke received a call about a teen breaking into vehicles. After being asked to drop the knife the teen was holding, he was shot a reported 16 times. Van Dyke went on to say McDonald tried to stand back up after hitting ground, but dash cam footage contradicts the officer’s story. The cam footage also depicts the teen standing there with knife by his side; however, his partner said McDonald raised the knife, again a contradiction to the cam footage. Van Dyke asserts he was afraid for his life.

The jury is now deliberating on his fate.

If found guilty on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery, and official misconduct, he will be facing a possible life sentence. The jury has also been given the option to downgrade it to second-degree, which carries a sentence of 15 years or more with probation being an option.

There are three officers charged with trying to cover up and lie about the incident. One of these is Officer Walsh, who testified under immunity, meaning the officer’s testimony cannot be used against them.

For more information:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jurors-deliberating-in-murder-trial-of-chicago-officer/ar-BBNU0lE

Anissa “Maddy” Mathias



Categories: News

Tags: , , , , ,

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: