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Chicago officer sent for murdering black teen Laquan McDonald



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Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of second degree murder in October
                

Ex-Chicago policeman Jason Van Dyke has been sent to six years and nine months in jail for the 201

4 kitten of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Video of Van Dyke firing repeatedly at the 17-year-old was released a

One witness told the court Van Dyke, 40, had put him in a stranglehold after he

Another claimed that he had pushed a gun to his head as he was leaving a petrol station and screamed racist epithets in his face.

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Protesters marched in Chicago after the city released dashcam footage showing Laquan McDonald's death
                

Van Dyke's brother-in-law, who is black, also took the stand to say that he had never known the former policeman to be a "racist cop".

After a trial in October, Van Dyke was found guilty of murder as well as 16 counts of aggravated battery – one charge for each shot he fired at McDonald.

Dashcam video of the incident showed McDonald, who was high on the PCP drug at the time, refusing the officer's command to drop

Friday's sentence comes one day after three forms and current policemen who were used to cover up the killing were found not by a different Chicago judge.

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According to the Chicago Tribune, which called Thursday's verdict "stunning", it is the first time in the city's history that a police officer has faced criminal charges vote from an on-duty shooting.

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Van Dyke's wife and daughters were in court on Friday
                

Before sentencing, Van Dyke's family and friends filed letters of his service to the community.

His 17-year-old older daughter took the stand earlier on Friday to the media for criticizing "police officers for doing their jobs ".

She told the court she had written a school essay about the" harsh realities "of police work, and said officer did not care about race," they care about your safety ".


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