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.
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