LaQuan McDonald, Jason Van Dyke

Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of murder in the second degree in the shooting death of teenager LaQuan McDonald.

Van Dyke, who is Caucasian, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder after he claimed he shot McDonald 16 times in self-defense on October 20, 2014.

Van Dyke said he spotted the 17-year-old walking down the street, acting erratically while holding a folding knife in his hand.

But dash cam video, which was released a year later after pressure from the local media, showed McDonald walking away from Van Dyke when the officer opened fire.

After the verdict was read on Friday, protesters cheered outside the courthouse. Van Dyke’s wife broke down and cried in the courtroom as the former cop was taken away in handcuffs.

McDonald’s great-uncle also cried in the courtroom.

Van Dyke faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.

The city of Chicago reached a financial settlement with McDonald’s family for an undisclosed sum.

  • xenaD

    This has touched my soul ??????

  • SumthinSweeter

    a drop in the bucket. but thank god for this 1!

  • Renee26

    A maximum sentence of 10years…. That’s not nearly enough for murder but I suppose any conviction of a dirty pig is a win.

    Put his azz on gen pop and let him get what he really deserves.

  • Nix

    Great now carry that same energy and lock up that disgusting white b*tch that killed Botham

  • the guest

    Praise Jesus!

  • SweetTEE

    Good enough for him. Should get more time..tuh

  • Ain’t Misbehavin

    Good make an example out of his ass!

  • the guest

    Up to just 10 years? He will still get out young enough to enjoy life with his wife and family and start over in life. While he robbed the youth and lifetime of LaQuan.

  • Scromes1212

    Hopefully he gets the max. That was awful the way he gunned that kid down.

  • Dasright

    Exactly. 10 years is the MAXIMUM…he’ll get a sentence of no more than 5, out within 3. Smdh.

  • Ryan

    Just found out they’re renaming Confederate Ave and a couple of other streets here in the ATL!!

  • SumthinSweeter

    It’s not. I just don’t have the energy right now to explain my frustration that we all deal with daily because of racial bias and flat out continued inequality on all fronts.

  • Gloria

    i CRIED! HYSTERICALLY!
    I don’t care what anyone says.
    This is a major victory for black folks.

  • Ryan

    Good!! I want to see a pic of this pig in cuffs.

  • the guest

    He shot a human being, a minor age child human being, 16 Times! You’re absolutely right, he’ll be getting out in under five years.

  • Renee26

    Good!

  • Ryan

    It’s not enough but the experiences he’ll have in there (especially if he’s in general population) will fuck him up for a lifetime.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Yes it is…

  • Nik

    I don’t even want to imagine the scenario in The Chi is this guy got off. Thank God his loved ones can finally have closure on this.

  • Nik

    I was about to say the same thing. His life is DONE.

  • Gloria

    Are you sure its a maximum of 10 years? I read that each assault charge is a minimum of 6 years and he was found guilty for 16 accounts of assaults. Whats 16 xs 6? Hmmmm…..on top of his sentence for second degree murder?

    He will die in prison.

  • Nik

    I have to follow up on this because I can’t believe it’s only 10.

  • Quitedeliteful

    I hope you are right — and I hope he gets a proper introduction to prison life by the Bend Over and Take This ‘D’ committee…

  • Nik

    They need to Wentworth, Angola Prison, Rikers Island his a$$!!

  • Junkanoo

    The wife cried for a lying murdering piece of shit she must be just like him he killed that child for nothing just for the thrill of it it’s sickening.Rest in Power LaQuan MacDonald

  • Quitedeliteful

    LOLLOLLOL!!!!!!!!! Them prisons are no joke! I wouldn’t even want to walk past these prisons!!

  • Nik

    I’m telling you. 16 shots tell me he was either too scared or too depraved to be a public servant.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Sounds like both plus the fact that he never thought he would be punished for killing a someone’s brown baby..

  • Nik

    Girl, I used to volunteer in a medium security men’s prison. I was told they wanted to send me to Rikers Island on the women’s side. I said HAIL NAW and that was the end of my stint!

  • Li-Wright

    I’m in Chicago where there’s a protest downtown, and I’m wondering why clog up the streets and stop traffic? You got what you wanted, now let the working people go home. This protesting won’t end, but I can guarantee you one thing. All the ministers and activists out front….the government whether it be the DOJ or the IRS is looking over their records and trying to find dirt. You can take the protests just SO far, and then the powers that be, say enough with this shy%^T/

  • Quitedeliteful

    Of course she’s crying but not for him but for the house she’s about to lose and the resume she now has to dust off so she can try to get a job…

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Next they need to blow the face off of Stone Mountain.

  • Li-Wright

    The judge also has the discretion of giving Van Dyke parole. But they’re going to appeal for a new trial. Based on — a) they didn’t move the venue; and b) the jurors swayed by the activists and protesters outside.

  • Li-Wright

    Most times, the police offenders are transferred to a federal jail. I doubt he will spend his time in Cook County or State prison.

  • Junkanoo

    Boy this is pissing me off all over again that poor kid he wanted that child dead when he was walking away 16 shots they should have given his dumb and 20 years

  • Li-Wright

    McDonald’s mother got a payout of $5Million from the City. I just hope she does good with the money and doesn’t muck it up. She’s got other children.

  • Li-Wright

    He could also get parole. It’s the judge discretion.

  • Nik

    I get disgusted when I think about all of the hopes and dreams that are buried because some Yahoo was given a badge and a gun. Meanwhile HIS kids get to grow up and get a shot a life. It is not fair and I hope the tables begin to turn and these bad cops get the fear of God put in them. I’m watching Seven Seconds on Netflix and it is real!

  • Nik

    I hear you on that. Because of why she got that money that’s even more of a reason to be wise and not let it be in vain.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Wonder what Donnie will tweet about it?
    “Did ya hear about that poor police officer who was convicted of k1lling some Black boy in the hood?!”

  • Gloria

    Even considering that, the judge is not dumb. The judge knows that this is a high profiled case. i doubt that he will be lenient with Van Dyke on the sentencing.

    And it usually takes a while, years even, to appeal a verdict so even if he tries to appeal, he’ll still be locked up for a long time before a new trial happens.

    And there are protestors on both sides (blue lives matter vs black lives matter). So good luck with them on that lol

    I’m just hoping that justice will be served through this sentencing.

  • Nik
  • Ryan

    We’ll get there.

  • Nik

    I would like to know what in the world Blue Lives Matter have to protest in regards to this??

  • Gloria

    Chile…. I heard his mom wasn’t even in his life and is a crack-addict. Ain’t no telling what she did with that $$$.

    He was in foster care during the time of his death, I believe.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    I volunteer to press the dynamite plunger.

  • Nik

    OMG. That is sad.

  • C Mack

    Not enough

  • Gloria

    you know white folks and white empathizers gotta make us out to be the aggressors or “thugs”. Its people out here mad as fuck about this verdict! I can’t believe it either.

  • Gloria

    I have to say that I don’t know if thats true! My brother just told me that yesterday and I was shocked like really? Thats all types of messed up.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Even if it’s only ten years he’ll still be a labeled a murderer and a felon. Plus jail ain’t no joke so that fact that he will sleep in a cell, on suicide watch with men letting him know everyday what they will do to him if they catch him slipping is enuf for me…

  • Nik

    I will take the advice of my uncle, “Stop trying to understand $h!+ that is not meant to be understood!”

  • Nik

    Psychological warfare is a beast!

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I just had a discussion with a criminal lawyer. She said, Van Dyke’s sentence will be reduced, because each count of aggravated battery, one count for each shot fired, may not survive the penalty phase. If it’s determined that the 1st or 2nd bullet killed LaQuan, the other shots won’t matter… legally speaking.

  • Quitedeliteful

    For sure!

  • Logan Roberts

    If they won’t give these bastards the death penalty at least give them life in prison. Start making examples out of them, I bet they’ll start thinking before they shoot to kill.

  • Quitedeliteful

    even if he tries to appeal, he’ll still be locked up for a long time
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Yup. Child murderer still gotta face the music. Bubba and his gang greasing up right now. LOL!!!

  • Quitedeliteful

    I guess we can never question killer cops. I wonder how long blue lives would matter if they started killing blond haired blue eyed children…

  • Quitedeliteful

    Hopefully the federal pen is just as bad…

  • Nik

    Thank you!

  • Ryan

    LOL!! If they have more than one I’ll be there too!

  • Quitedeliteful

    A friend of mine was a teacher at Sing-Sing. They sent her to Bedford Hills in Upstate NY for a week. She said the women were worse than dangerous!

  • Nik

    That’s what I heard, which is why I declined.

  • Li-Wright

    Yes Gloria. There was a large news article about Laquan’s life. He was in and out of foster care. He lived mostly with his grandmother; mom couldn’t get custody of her kids. I hope she uses the money to get clean, live a good life and help her children.

  • Ryan
  • xenaD

    They will not put a cop in gen pop.. unless the warden is playing dirty ??

  • xenaD

    Not for murder ??

  • Ryan

    Exactly!!!

  • xenaD

    And how will they determine this ?

  • xenaD

    Especially since he went to trial and taking into consideration the heinous act of the crime… the racist undertones… the fact is was a kid… and he was walking away from the cop, his criminal background plus many more factors. He will get the max. Periodt. Definitely not 10

  • cherrypie

    TF?? 10 Years!! That’s it????

  • Junkanoo

    I can’t even follow stories like this in the news like I use to am burned out. Seven Seconds was great really liked it Regina definitely deserved her Emmy win

  • Li-Wright

    Autopsy.

    Van Dyke has the police Unions across the country in his corner. They will spend millions more to get an appeal and /or get a reduced sentence and/or get him into a Federal pen vs. state pen.

  • Li-Wright

    Nik, there’s a big fight coming with the Chgo Police Dept. over union contract, pension, union rules. A BIG fight. The CPD is losing police officers who quit and go to suburban PDs. The CPD can’t keep police officers. Rotating door.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    That will be determined by the bullet’s trajectory and where LaQuan was struck.

  • xenaD

    doubt it…

  • xenaD

    If true… that’s just a factor in many of the determining factors in his sentencing. Keep in mind. He was convicted by a jury. ? idk where sandra got 10 years max from but that’s false it doesn’t even make sense (but then again he is a white cop, who killed a black boy, so maybe) ?????

  • xenaD

    Where are you getting this parole theory? Are u serious or being sarcastic

  • xenaD

    It’s not fed pen is for non violent crimes.. they better tf not send him to no low level max pen… he’s not the next best thing since sliced cheese. Believe u me, he’s going to pay. Watch.

  • FukkFolks2018

    Happy for this. Sad for the ones who never got justice. Its a start and I will take it. RIP Laquan

  • the guest

    The other shots won’t matter. This is heartbreaking.

  • Renee26

    Wishful thinking

  • the guest

    Depraved.

  • IamAllnatural

    It’s about time these crooked cops get convicted.

  • McKay

    I live outside America. Why would they fight for a federal than a state jail? More privileges for him if he goes Federal?

  • tintin
  • Nik

    That is going to be a mess!

  • Nik

    I’m on Episode 2. Can’t wait to get my food ready and watch it tonight.

  • Merkaba morris

    His family took a financial settlenent thats why he not getting that much time , they gone continue to kill our kids becsuse they know jus throw some money at them and they forget about making them be held accountable. Until they change the Law where black people is 3 /5 ths of a human , I dont want to hear shit about justice , they not gone rest until they exterminate all whole race, Why our people always havet to be the ones who settle ? … . Love and Light

  • Nik

    We never catch a break even when we’re blameless.

  • Rhondalousey

    How much time is he gonna get is the question.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Yes ma’am….hopefully they will find him hanging in his cell

  • Nik

    I want him to live a good long time so that he will always be reminded of his crime.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Well the family is happy. They feel like justice has finally been served. So if they are satisfied with this miscarriage of justice umma just leave it there. Ten years with good behavior…you figure it out!

  • Kayke

    The two have nothing to do with the each other. Suing the city for wrongful death does not acquit, lighten, or change the outcome of the criminal proceedings.

  • Tlowe89

    10 yrs…. that’s garbage. If we would’ve did something like that it would’ve been 45 to life

  • Tlowe89

    Yes you are absolutely right. Even when he makes it out of prison, life will be no joke. Imagine trying to apply for an apt or job and you have to put your are a convicted felon, who committed murder. Who wants to hire that or let that live in their community

  • dontgetblocked

    I hope they sue the police department.

  • ImWoke

    That’s not even a year per bullet

  • T3

    That’s the max. We can only hope he gets the max ?.

  • T3

    ?

  • Dj

    That is a lie.
    For second degree murder he faces a minimum of 4-10 years. Yes probation is an option bits that’s unlikely.
    For the 16 counts of aggravated assault for each shot he faces 6-20 years. (All class x felony which is why the judge revoked his bond!)
    That would be 6(16) you can do the math for yourself!

  • Dj

    They did and already got paid but now they can sue van Dyke

  • Rahab

    Especially since Rahm is not running for re-election. They are calling for all the black Aldermen that didn’t support by attending the trial. Basically setting themselves up for political office in the future.

  • Rahab

    As well as the recent suicides in the precincts parking lots.

  • Rahab

    Quickly, to keep the whole thing silent. He was a ward of the state at the time so she may not have gotten the full sum.

  • Solstice

    Won’t he do it!! About time!!

  • Li-Wright

    GEEZ, the city is fvked!

  • Li-Wright

    There have been several cops that went to prison and got out and got jobs. “They” have friends.

  • Li-Wright

    Sue Van Dyke for what? He doesn’t have anything. And I don’t think the uncle who is a minister or the mother are THAT vindictive. They want the whole matter to go away.

  • Li-Wright

    OT: https://pagesix.com/2018/10/05/r-kellys-alleged-abuse-made-ex-contemplate-suicide-during-marriage/?_ga=2.21770363.1519752022.1538614943-623593586.1538614943
    Can somebody tell me why R. Kelly’s ex is all over the TV telling her story? Is she part of a RH show or is she writing a book?

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    Dont worry he will have to be in protective custody the entire time which I heard is horrilbe.. or go to general pop and he do’t want no part of that becasue that is a death sentence for sure. It is a lose lose situation for him. I heard that serving time in solitarie confinement will drive you nuts!!! See quote below from prison offical.

    Greenberg said prison conditions for an officer, like Van Dyke, could be rougher than for average convicts. As a white officer convicted of killing a young African-American, prison authorities are likely to conclude he has to be kept away from other prisoners for his own safety.

    “He will probably be in a cell by himself,” Greenberg said. “It will be very hard time .”https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/709d186116f9f49c18bedd5f0b12b18ea749c98f02275da41b240b6b4cf568d2.gif

  • Kimocha

    Wow!… That was deep… I can’t wait til R. Kelly get his day… It’s gotta be coming!… I hope…smh

  • Merkaba morris

    I said what I said and thats my opinion ….. What about the 3/5 law being changed and they will havet to treat us like humans and cant kill us without have consequences , and then and then only will I believe in the Justice System. , But I get Crickets on the real issue get the fuck outta here …..Love and Light

  • Merkaba morris

    I said what I said and thats my opinio. , what about the 3/5 law being changed and they will havet to treat us human and they cant kill us without having consequences and then and then only will I believe in the Justice System , but I get Crickets on the real issue get the fukkk out of here …Love and Light

  • Jussjess25

    Ill be satisfied when I hear his sentence.. I wont be surprised if they give him probation ?

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    B) why didn’t the judge sequester the jury?

  • Kayke

    Your ignorance is unbecoming….. especially while trying to spew “knowledge” …. you must be willing to learn in order to teach.
    Bliss.

  • Coco Mcluvin

    10 years..that’s it? He should atleast get a year for every bullet he fired, smh…..

  • the guest

    She was really a victim. She’s freed her her mind and soul and she’s sharing with the world. I believe her and I believe she’s been through and seen worse than she’s sharing.

  • Merkaba morris

    And your attitude is unbecoming , I am not trying to teach nobody anything , I post my opinion on a public forum and you took it upon yourself to comment and then get affended because I responded , as I stated before that is my opinion which I am entitled to have , and if u dont like it Shut up and keep it moving . I dont do negativity but if you try to come in my personal space I will check your Ass ……Love and Light