Police officer Jason Van Dyke found guilty of second-degree murder in shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald

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The shooting of Laquan McDonald took place on October 20, 2014, in Chicago, Illinois. McDonald was fatally shot by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke from approximately ten feet away. McDonald had been behaving erratically while walking down the street, and was holding a folding knife with a three-inch blade.

Van Dyke faced charges of first-degree murder, aggravated battery (one count for each shot) and police misconduct. He pleaded not guilty and was suspended without pay.

Jurors told reporters they took issue with Van Dyke’s testimony on Tuesday.

“It was like he was trying to win our sympathy,” one juror said. “We just didn’t buy it.”

Another juror said, “I didn’t feel his testimony was credible. He only remembered what he wanted to.”

The jurors said they thought about the case “constantly” during the three-week trial and considered the families of both Van Dyke and McDonald when considering the verdict.

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