Police officer found guilty of murdering black teen

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A jury has found a police officer guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 death of a black Chicago teenager.

Police dashcam video showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald crumpling to the ground after Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke fired a hail of 16 bullets at the teen as he walked away from police.

Van Dyke was also charged with 16 counts of aggravated battery.

Rev. Janette Wilson, a senior advisor to civil rights leader, Rev. Jessie Jackson, said the verdict was significant for the city.

“This is historic for Chicago. It is historic for these kind of police misconduct cases. Historic for police misconduct cases in Chicago,” Wilson said.

The jury, made up of eight women and four men, then found Van Dyke not guilty of official misconduct. 

During the trial, jurors were shown police video of the shooting. 

The video was released under a court order in 2015, sparking protest in Chicago.

In court, prosecutors argued that Vand Dyke had already made up his mind before the shooting.

The defense, and Van Dyke, himself, told jurors that his perspective was different than what’s seen on the video and that although it was a tragedy it, it was not murder.

“He waved the knife from his lower right side upwards across his body, towards my left shoulder,” Van Dyke said.

But the jurors sided with prosecutors.

“I feel that we gave a good verdict. We looked at all the evidence and we ruled on it accordingly,” a juror said.

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