Jason Van Dyke

Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago officer who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times was sentenced to 81 months in prison on Friday. Van Dyke was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder in October - more than four years after Laquan's death.

The ex-cop was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm - 1 count for each time he shot Laquan, according to WPTV.

Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced Van Dyke only for the 2nd-degree murder charge.

A special prosecutor recommended that Van Dyke be sentenced to 18 years on the aggravated battery charges. But Van Dyke's lawyer pleaded with the judge to sentence Van Dyke only on the murder charge, saying it would be unfair to sentence him for 16 counts of aggravated battery since the bullet wounds caused Laquan's death.

Van Dyke was given the opportunity to speak before his sentence was handed down.

"No one wants to take someone's life, even in defense of their own," he said, adding that he "prayed daily" for Laquan's soul.

The prosecution called several Black men to the stand, who testified that they had run-ins with Van Dyke while he was on duty.

The first man, Vidale Joy, said Van Dyke pulled his car over as he was leaving a gas station. He said Van Dyke put a gun to his head and called him the n-word.

After the three witnesses testified, Van Dyke's wife, Tiffany, and daughter, Kaylee, took the witness stand. Tiffany Van Dyke pleaded with the judge to release her husband. "My life has been a nightmare," she said. She added that her husband was simply doing his job. "There was no malice, no hatred on that night."

Tiffany Van Dyke

Tiffany Van Dyke (pictured) begged the judge for leniency, saying her husband's life is over. "He paid the ultimate price."

The couple's 17-year-old daughter Kaylee read a letter to the judge, saying she was bullied in school and had lost friends over her father's actions.

"My heart sincerely goes to the McDonald family, but it's time to bring my dad home," she said in her letter. "It's time for him to hug and kiss his wife and protect his family. Bring my dad home. Please."

Laquan's great uncle the Rev. Marvin Hunter also took the stand to read a letter he submitted to the court.

In the letter, Hunter said Van Dyke became "judge, jury and executioner" the night he killed Laquan, who was walking away from Van Dyke when he was shot 16 times in 15 seconds.

Speaking in his nephew's voice, Hunter said, "Why should this person, who has ended my life forever because he chose to become judge, jury and executioner, and has never asked for forgiveness, be free, when I am dead forever?"

A day before Van Dyke's sentencing hearing, three Chicago officers were acquitted of falsifying reports to protect Van Dyke.

Photos by Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images


  • mzwhang90210

    ""No one wants to take someone's life, even in defense of their own," he said, adding that he "prayed daily" for Laquan's soul."

    In other words, "Sorry, but I'm so NOT sorry."

    When are WE going to realize that "we" are NOT seen as human by them??
    From the 11 yr old GIRL getting cold-cocked by a 6ft man--and folks justifying it...To this inbred cretins wife saying that her husband "paid the ultimate price."
    How Sway??? How'd an alive yt man, (whose family is being funneled funds through the police force AND various social media funding sites,) paying the ultimate price? BTW---He's still alive. And I seriously doubt that he'll serve even that minuscule amt of time. As soon as the fervor dies down, he'll be quietly pardoned/released on good behavior. Watch.

    Totally unacceptable. When the murder victim can come back to life, and return home, then this racist POS should be freed. And not moment sooner.
    The friggin end!!

  • Topic Influencer

    But yet, Cyntoia had all that time....

  • http://thedevereauxshow.com Ms.Devereaux

    WHew I don’t even need to comment you summed it all up!!

  • Dowoop

    He needs to pray for his own damn soul.

  • Ebony Starr

    The couple's 17-year-old daughter Kaylee read a letter to the judge, saying she was bullied in school and had lost friends over her father's actions.
    ___________________
    This young man got 16 bullets and lost his life over her father's actions!!

  • blue skies

    she dont no no betta?????

  • blue skies

    SMH 16 times! my God!

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    wow.... just 6 years. That's weed time.

  • dontgetblocked

    Not a surprise!

  • Lucky8

    I think you get more for that, and maybe more for killing a dog.

  • Lucky8

    Remember the racist, nazi murderer is raising that kid, so did you expect anything better? I most certainly didn't

  • Lucky8

    The #45 tragedy and the resurfacing of blatant bold face racism in 2018, is confirmation that they do not see us as humans. The President Obama incident was confirmation that they dont see us as humans. The NFL debacle is confirmation also. I could go all night but the woke ones know.

  • the guest

    Actually 3 years with good time.

  • Renee26

    Come on threw Whang!!

  • Renee26

    Disgusting

  • dru and neil

    His wife stated that there was “no hate or malice” when her husband shot the young man. Sorry lady but 16 bullets is a lot of rage....

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Wow such disgust but not surprised for the crime nor time given..Ugh! *off subject but not really am I the only one just now watching dang near 40 something episodes of La Esclava Blanca..#NetflixBinge https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c1295c8c79ec94ada5a5e29682346e46e273ce4a682335a1fd26d46e9a15fb3c.gif

  • mzwhang90210

    Dubsta!!!
    Come thru Mi Amor!!

  • Harley

    He paid the ultimate price??? Naw son someone is dead because of him that’s the ultimate price. White privilege is a motherfunker

  • Harley

    Exactly

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Tiffany Van Dyke (pictured) begged the judge for leniency, saying her husband's life is over. "He paid the ultimate price."

    Bish have several seats and a half.

    Your husband will come home again and continue his life while the person he killed is still rotting six feet under.

  • currvalicious

    "Paying the ultimate price" in this case was Laquan Mc Donald loosing his life, being murdered by your husband lady. Van Dyke won't even serve the full 7 years.

  • Vonn

    Tiffany Van Dyke pleaded with the judge to release her husband. "My life has been a nightmare," she said. So what!!

  • ShadesofEMPRESS

    What the hell??? He deserves way more years than this.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    SAD! But, everything they do to us, comes back to them! Like the CRACK EPIDEMIC, now they have an OPIOID “HEALTH CRISIS!

    These rogue cops are psychotic, and he will get his, KARMA doesn’t acknowledge white privilege!

    It hurts, but Black people should take over our finances, and end these disparities and injustices.

    Money is the only thing white people understand! We can shut it, this mess-down tomorrow, when we get real sick and tire!

  • Cannelle

    "He paid the ultimate price."

    Oh shut up, hoe.

    LAQUAN paid the ultimate price, not that walking boil.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    Good he's sentenced but 6 years is a slap.....but are we surprised..Nope

  • Malcom Flex

    Better than nothing this is putting the rest of the kkkiller cops on notice this isn't the 1950's.

  • Luvi

    Exactly...I was thinking the exact same thing.

  • Meme

    But i thought a victim impact statement is meant to be made by the victims family???, How is it this piece of carap has been made out to be the victim? My God!

  • We Can Do This

    The American judicial system is one big Joke.

    And the Joke is on us!

  • ?jessica?

    I have not sympathy. Good riddance Van Dyke?

  • Rayne

    He’s only doing 2.5 years. ????

  • Evillene

    "He paid the ultimate price."

    If there is justice he will pay the ultimate price while in prison.

  • Daffany Rose-Gilbert

    81 months is not 2.5 years lol

  • Faux Gibbler

    I’m shocked he got jail time and I also am shocked by the little jail time he got.

  • Rayne

    We have a day for day system here. It is 2.5 years

  • Faux Gibbler

    He got 7 years. Not saying 1 Year is a big difference but it was 7. I am more surprised his co defendants got off covering it up. Those MF went in to Burger King and erases footage. Smdh

  • Faux Gibbler

    The former governer of Illinois got more time and it was financial crimes. Our “justice” system sucks.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Why is that good?

  • Faux Gibbler

    Ok since the prosecution allows them to say Vandyke put a gun to their head, why wasn’t me charged for that?
    Also I do feel for the daughter being bullied. No one deserves that.

  • Coffee1st

    I notice some folks who go hard in Sandra's Trump write ups are suspuciously absent in these type posts.
    As for Van Dyke. I expect nothing less. This country, although built by us, is not ours. The racism never went away and is like an infection...if not thoroughly taken care of, will come back harder, stronger.
    But i promise you....everything's being meticulously documented ?

  • jujumanji

    His wife said he paid the ultimate price? Bitch please he shot someone 16 times MURDERING HIM, TAKING HIS LIFE. Laquan and his family paid the ultimate price. 6 yrs isn't good enough but it's a start.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    All of this.

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    She deserves to be bullied, let’s talk about the family who lost their loved one forever.

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    Be quiet racist heaux.

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Laquon paid the ultimate price fohhh.

    Hopefully justice is served in jail.

  • Renee26

    A good shanking in the shower you say??

  • Logan Roberts

    I'm shocked he received any prison time at all & wasn't promoted.

  • Kayke

    The audacity! Bish should’ve kept that to herself. No one is that family showed any remorse for the father actions..... they really tried to play victim.

  • Chicagowise

    "...saying it would be unfair to sentence him for 16 counts of aggravated battery since the bullet wounds caused Laquan's death."

    The judge said, he was not going to consider 16 counts of aggravated assault, because he considered Laquan McDonald's shooting, one incident.

    Van Dyke's wife said, her husband was simply doing his job and there was no malice intended. I disagree. It takes a lot of rage to kill a man and then mutilate his corpse with bullets.

  • Chicagowise

    The truth is, if Van Dyke had shot McDonald once and told the truth about what happened, this story wouldn't be news.

  • http://www.id820534.sexylfx.website Readytochokemothernatureout

    George Zimmerman is why this POS at least got time although he needed life.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It wouldn't surprise me if he gets offered another police offer job somewhere when he gets out of prison.These people have a way of looking out for each other like that.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He'll end up being Police Chief in some small town in Montana.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I can see that happening at some point. Some police dept will hire him and say they don't think this incident "should ruin his life".

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Naw...the kid doesn't deserve it. She didn't sh00t.
    She can't help it because she has a lowlife, fraidy-cat, racist, scum, daddy.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    She married trash...and she still doesn't get it. I feel nothing for her except disgust.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    wyte men FEAR Black men. No matter how hard they try they can Never be them. So wytes strike out. They want Black men under their feet...but Black men keep getting up.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    He and Mark Fuhrman will do talk radio.

  • Kimocha

    His wife and daughter really pissed me off with their inconsiderate and insensitive complaints and comments!...They got A LOT of nerve!...This man did NOT have to shoot that boy 16 times to do his job!... That was cold blooded murder!

  • Chicagowise

    Former Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich received a 14 year prison sentence for corruption charges. Jason Van Dyke killed a man by shooting him 16 times... and he will be free in 3 years.

  • Chicagowise

    "The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children." - Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice," act III, sc. V, l. 1

  • Rayne

    You have to cut it n half m. In Illinois he will not do the whole six. He will do 2.5-3 years. Lawd ham mercy...and I live here. Smh I think I know what I’m talk bout. ???? It’s day for day meaning when he does 2.5-3 years that will be 6.75 (6 years 9 months) years

  • Ling

    White people whitepeopling! Yt privilege is annoying and insensitive!

  • Ling

    The fact that she can’t think “what if it was my 17 year old daughter that was in that boy’s shoes...” is mind boggling to me. That kid was 17 when her husband took his life!

  • Ling

    She’s being bullied because of her father! This is a great teaching moment for her mom!

  • Nik

    While on vacation last week I had my tattoo done by a nice young man and the very next day he was shot 16 times. He was the first murder in Barbados for 2019. I told someone for him to get shot that many times it had to be personal and due to jealousy. He told his mother he was going outside and to look the door. As soon as he stepped out there were gunshots. People send others into eternity without a second thought. After he passed away so violently it really did something to me. I can't take these young brothers losing their lives like this.

  • Nik

    In the words of Tony Baker, let him "feel every piece!"

  • Ling

    He does look like a boil though.....all shinny, red and swollen and isht!

  • Cannelle

    Illinois has a record of throwing governors in prison for extended periods of time, even though they didn't kill anyone. Before Van Dyke's evil ass showed up, IL wouldn't even allow governor Ryan to leave prison to attend his wife's funeral. (I am waiting on Rauner to go to prison too). so BJ's sentence is par for the course in IL. Van Dyke is a cop, and they always get off light in every state.

  • Ling

    Right?!? Black lives do not matter! Black lives are not human and that’s why they feel nothing when they shoot your kids in the streets 16 times in 15 seconds! How angry must one be, to shoot a kid 16 times in 15 seconds?? At what point did he stop shooting?

  • Ling

    "My life has been a nightmare," she said. She added that her husband was simply doing his job. "There was no malice, no hatred on that night."
    ————— https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f83a579e6f90b6984178ef6b027676053771bec4feb4d249909f97627ea57870.png ——————————————

    Da faq??

  • Vonn

    Right, like someone should gaf about her & her family.

  • Vonn

    She can keep that whoa is me crap.

  • RealATLPeach36

    Bring your dad home? BYTCH A WHOLE MF-ING PLEASE FCK YA DAD, MOMS AND YOU! ? for and ?

  • RealATLPeach36

    Damn Nebraska

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Yep. She can save the tears. She probably never shed any for Mr. McDonald.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    They'd make him a Mayor in Idaho!

  • Vonn

    I would bet money on it.

  • Malcom Flex

    Notice something? More fools at there thread dissing Motown great Miss Gladys Knight for singing at the Superbowl,but it's ghost at this thread where a kkkiller cop is going to jail for killing a black man.

  • Malcom Flex

    YUP!!

  • Jack Blakk

    Not long enough, the ultimate price is life without parole!

  • Pebbles

    I’ll give it year if the judge gives him time served and the rest walked off on parole.

  • justlooking

    My heart sincerely goes to the McDonald family, but it's time to bring my dad home," she said in her letter. "It's time for him to hug and kiss his wife and protect his family. Bring my dad home. Please."

    ----------
    Laquan McDonald will be never see or hug his mother.

  • Jussjess25

    6yrs=6 months. Hell be out before you can snap your fingers. Atleast he was sentenced.’the cops that helped him got off tho smhdh

  • Jussjess25

    Yup black get that sentence for way less smh

  • the guest

    The legal strategist who wrote the testimonies of Van Dyke's wife, children, and father is the person most responsible for the light sentence.

    That legal strategist wrote the heck out of Van Dyke's family pleas for leniency. Another masterful strategy, having Van Dyke's family plea for leniency but omitting a plea for leniency from Van Dyke's statement. Made him look humble and remorseful.

    He was convicted, so he was believed to be guilty. But he got a light sentence because of the masterful strategy and writing of the family's leniency pleas. They succeed at strategically transferring victim sympathy away from Laquan McDonald to Van Dyke's wife and children.

    Very insensitive and cruel strategy but it worked.

  • Rayne

    That’s what I said. He’s getting out early without a doubt. He didn’t even look worried whatsoever sitting in that court room. Ump ump ump!

  • Raquel

    I stopped reading after she said "he had no malice; he was doing his job".

    I don't have any sympathy for racist white people and their offspring. Tired of apologies. Tired of the victim syndrome when your a** in hot water. Tired of the bullsh*t. It is what it is. Everyone in your immediate family is alive and breathing. That should be enough for you to shut the F up and take this L. He should get a longer sentence. 16x you had to shoot someone? Sounds like he was letting off some dormant anger he had for anyone black.

  • the guest

    His family's leniency pleas were manipulative and expertly written. Very manipulative of his defense.

    This is what I write upthread:

    The legal strategist who wrote the testimonies of Van Dyke's wife, children, and father is the person most responsible for the light sentence.

    That legal strategist wrote the heck out of Van Dyke's family pleas for leniency. Another masterful strategy, having Van Dyke's family plea for leniency but omitting a plea for leniency from Van Dyke's statement. Made him look humble and remorseful.

    He was convicted, so he was believed to be guilty. But he got a light sentence because of the masterful strategy and writing of the family's leniency pleas. They succeed at strategically transferring victim sympathy away from Laquan McDonald to Van Dyke's wife and children.

    Very insensitive and cruel strategy but it worked.

  • the guest

    You can read the Ill. parole guidelines online. He will do maximum 3 years with good time. Less, if there are any internal and administrative biases working behind the scenes in his favor.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    She needs protection...but from her father. His reckless and callous action put her family and future in serious jeopardy.
    When she fully understands she should take it up with him. He k1lled two families.

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    Why do people always stick up for these pieces of scum! Having a black person run from you and than reach for their waist band is ASKING to get shot and killed ! Can y’all go hard like this for sick children, hungry bellies and the homeless ? Nope cause y’all so lost and pathetic you only stand up for piece of shit garbage who would end up killing someone innocent (maybe your child or YOU) in their useless life. So happy this criminal teenager learned his lesson ! He won his prize he’s happy six feet under !

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    Good cause this man was going nothing but cleaning up these streets so my children so t have to worry about teens running away from cops and NOT listening! I love how black People think there are NO consequences for their actions and that they can just talk their way out! Not working to well, and the race is getting their natural selection done daily!

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    And his daughter would NEVER run from police and go grabbing her waist band that is the difference. Good child and bad child it’s time these black teens learn that there are REAL consequences for their actions! Tired of the lame “he’s a teen” or “ he didn’t deserve it” when this cop felt threatened that he was going to get killed so be killed or get killed he had ONE choice !

  • Raquel

    You're a dumb piece of sh*t. Why are you even breathing? Please point out WHERE I said I "stood up" for the boy who was shot by this cop. And no inferences of what you THOUGHT I was saying; I want to see verbatim lingo. I'll wait on that one.

    Now, just because I believe that him shooting a black kid 16x is a bit much, doesn't mean I am condoning the actions of that young man prior or his actions in life. That isn't for me to judge. But can I judge this white cop for murdering someone? You damn straight. How many bullets do you think a human can hold before considering him obviously dead?? Not many, right? 16 bullets made him swiss cheese and I find that a bit much. Doesn't mean I agree with the victims actions, it means I don't agree with the actions of the perpetrator (the cop in this case). Get it? Or is comprehension hard for you?

    I hope no one ever gets shot millions of times by a cop and they come from your family. Don't forget to us this exact logic and say" "well he was doing his job, no matter if they shot my Dad 20x" it wasn't that much. And go on about your life. Deal?

    And you speak on everyone else like you know every individual, so kindly list all that you have done for hungry persons, sick persons and the homeless in itemized form so we can see what YOU do....or have done. I'll also wait.

    Lastly, the kid could have been a piece of shit. True. It's about how you handle it. So, the other people who may have been harassed by this same white cop who may NOT have been "a piece of sh*t" are what? Deserving of it too because they're black and they COULDA been doing wrong so harass as many as you can and see what sh*t sticks? FOH

    You just about as dumb as the cop. And his family.

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    You rallied and praised him your whole response! Grow up and go protest for something good ! Smile you so mad asking why I’m still breathing hahahaha! You real mad but me never get mad have a lovely day and fight for these criminals!

  • Raquel

    ??...ok, boo. Whatever you must tell yourself. ?

  • Jussjess25

    Aka white supremacy.

  • the guest

    The black community needs a new generation of Johnny Cochrans. Young black men being modern day lynched need stronger, savvier, sharper, fiercer attorneys because multi-generational racist white attorney have hundreds years racist edge on insidious courtroom tactics.

  • Kimberly King

    "It's time for him to come home" - b*tch PLEASE! What about that baby who will NEVER return home to his family?! I hope he gets TORTURED in prison. And to the pigs who lied to protect his fat ass: Karma will come knocking on your door too.

  • PRECIOUS

    Mad because we are gods image and have power in our melanin...sad that we are too ignorant to realize, accept and activate it...

    everyone else—carbon copies
    bow down
    when I come to ya town...

  • PRECIOUS

    Bytch crazy. Look at her. Whole family are Racist POSs

  • PRECIOUS

    Sorry to hear that

  • PRECIOUS

    something tells me that they have a dorm for cops only.

  • PRECIOUS

    And they damn sho didn’t get to protect him

  • PRECIOUS

    16 times? Shut yo stupid ass up.

  • PRECIOUS

    I LOL

  • PRECIOUS

    I would go the next circuit Fock that

  • PRECIOUS

    Isn’t that County and state? He’s going to prison.

  • PRECIOUS

    She’s just like him, trust

  • PRECIOUS

    Idiot rebuttal of course

  • PRECIOUS

    Lmao the black race is the race of the gods and will never be eradicated. We made every thing here. You carbon copies will die off as the sun beats down on your sub human bodies lololol

  • Rayne

    You’ll see. But ok and you right. For the sake of arguing ?

  • PRECIOUS

    I just asked a question.

  • ShWa

    Yes u said it all!

  • ShWa

    They know exactly what happened they choose to side with all the wrongdoing they're no better than he is they are what is wrong with the world and be evil sob's that they are but karma will find them sooner or later.

  • Rayne

    I know. Didn’t I answer it tho? ?

  • PRECIOUS

    No. I asked if that referred to state and county only. Most prisons in the US only do that if the prisnor is a trustee. That means everyone in Illinois only does half of their prison system. I didn’t bother to research it, I was asking you to cite.

  • justlooking

    Whatever, he will get what's coming to him in jail.

  • Rayne

    Yes! You are right. It refers to state. My bad.

  • PRECIOUS

    I get what you’re saying though. He will wind up being trustee somehow and getting half the time off anyway.

  • Blunted25

    He looks like sh*t. Good for him.

  • Sassie

    I don't really care HOW you feel about LaQuan or the officer or the REASONS behind it all. All I want to say is that shooting someone THAT many times says something about one's psyche. That "officer" should be evaluated and sentenced APPROPRIATELY.

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    His wife looks like a racist also!!

  • Rayne

    Bingo! Just a vacation to him. ????

  • Jussjess25

    Facts !

  • Jussjess25

    Hopefully one of your loved ones will never get gunned down in the same fashion.

  • Tailor Koko Milk

    Hhaha I don’t live in the ghetto there’s no such thing as white People being killed in my community but thank for your worry lol

  • Sher

    Good. Although six years is not nearly enough time.

  • Faux Gibbler

    Im not white.

  • Jussjess25

    Nope not concerned for you in the slightest. But those are facts you state, while your not getting killed off by the kkk aka police. You savages often accomplish that on your own. when your not committing suicide or dying due to an overdose: herion, opioids, met etc. I do however, worry about your children that you often spend half their lives molesting and exploiting. I’d rather get killed by an officer then walk this earth with a demented soul like the one you neanderthals were born with! So continue regurgitate the “black” talking points. Because I can almost bet you love black dick ? you foolish white supremacist. Your free to leave now.. next!

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    can the family, hug and kiss Laquan?
    fugg outta hear with the salty ass white tears....

  • FIGHT THE POWER

    6 years?
    sheeeeeeeeeeet. judges sentence black man 60 years for shoplifting

    amerikkkan just us!

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    lol ok heaux

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    she should get stronger. i dont care what shes going through

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Your disgust is aimed the wrong way. Why blame a person who wasn't even there? That's like blaming You for sh00ting Malcolm X.

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    You won’t change my mind, but hey have a good one.

  • ClaireHuxtable

    Best wishes Staci!

  • Faux Gibbler

    Don’t let the avi fool ya. But then again I really don’t care what you think. I’m happy in my skin (finally)z

  • http://suzar.com/BOTW/BOTW-ch1d-pages7-8.html Staci Elle

    who cares?