Cop found guilty in Laquan McDonald case

A Cook County jury found Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder for the shooting and killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery and was found not guilty of official misconduct.

Posted: Oct 6, 2018 11:20 PM
Updated: Oct 6, 2018 11:52 PM

Juror after juror said Friday that Jason Van Dyke was not a good witness.

He was rehearsed, some said.

He was not believable, said a juror who identified herself as No. 245.

"I felt he shouldn't have" testified, she told Chicago reporters. "He messed up. His testimony wasn't credible to me."

The 12 jurors found Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts -- one for each bullet -- of aggravated battery for the 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald.

One juror said of Van Dyke's testimony, "It was rehearsed. He had a lot of 'I don't know's."

Another said, "He was fumbling around trying to remember things. His memories and facts and other evidence didn't line up."

Van Dyke testified McDonald "turned his torso towards him" and raised his knife across his body. At that point, he shot him, Van Dyke said.

But prosecutor Jody Gleason challenged Van Dyke's account, pointing out one of several inconsistencies in his testimony. "You've sat here for several days and watched several videos. ... Have you ever seen Laquan McDonald do that on one of those videos?" she asked.

Van Dyke said the dashcam video of the shooting and an animated recreation of the shooting presented by the defense didn't show his perspective. But he acknowledged he didn't see McDonald raising the knife in the recreation.

Jurors watched the dashcam video multiple times, they said.

Juror 248 said it was the fact that it showed Van Dyke stepping forward toward McDonald instead of stepping back.

"We all pretty much thought he could have avoided it if he had retreated," she said.

She told reporters that the first thing the jury did was take an anonymous poll. Seven people thought he was guilty of murder, three were undecided and two thought Van Dyke was not guilty.

They came to a consensus Friday morning on second-degree murder, one juror said, because while they found Van Dyke thought he was doing the right thing, his actions were unreasonable.

"He should have realized what the situation was and instead of escalating the situation, he should have looked at other options," the juror said.

Jurors said they didn't feel race -- Van Dyke is white, McDonald was black -- was a factor in the decision.

"We didn't come here because of race we came here because of right and wrong," one said.

Huntsville
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 71°
Florence
Clear
73° wxIcon
Hi: 90° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 73°
Fayetteville
Clear
72° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 69°
Feels Like: 72°
Decatur
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 91° Lo: 70°
Feels Like: 71°
Scottsboro
Overcast
75° wxIcon
Hi: 92° Lo: 71°
Feels Like: 75°
WAAY Radar
WAAY WAAY-TV Cam
WAAY Temperatures

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 41362

Reported Deaths: 983
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Jefferson4944152
Montgomery4021103
Mobile4005134
Tuscaloosa222642
Marshall170210
Lee135937
Madison13597
Shelby122723
Morgan10715
Walker91424
Elmore90314
Franklin88914
Dallas8799
Baldwin8469
Etowah72713
DeKalb7075
Butler62428
Chambers62427
Tallapoosa58869
Autauga58312
Russell5450
Unassigned50323
Lauderdale4896
Limestone4810
Houston4794
Lowndes46721
Cullman4394
Pike4205
Colbert3916
Coffee3732
Bullock36810
St. Clair3662
Covington3547
Barbour3472
Escambia3376
Calhoun3325
Hale31021
Talladega3037
Marengo30211
Wilcox2908
Sumter28412
Dale2820
Clarke2736
Jackson2682
Winston2543
Chilton2392
Monroe2342
Blount2301
Pickens2276
Marion21913
Conecuh2047
Randolph2009
Choctaw19512
Bibb1871
Macon1859
Greene1838
Perry1701
Henry1323
Crenshaw1253
Lawrence1070
Washington1057
Cherokee857
Geneva790
Lamar751
Fayette681
Clay642
Coosa581
Cleburne361
Out of AL00

Tennessee Coronavirus Cases

Confirmed Cases: 50140

Reported Deaths: 637
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Shelby11560198
Davidson10726118
Rutherford291935
Hamilton271635
Sumner159352
Trousdale14965
Williamson126815
Out of TN11647
Knox11425
Wilson91017
Putnam8827
Robertson82611
Sevier7903
Lake6910
Bradley6743
Tipton6375
Unassigned6351
Bledsoe6191
Bedford5595
Montgomery5497
Macon4523
Maury3423
Hardeman3295
Hamblen3174
Fayette3122
Madison2912
Loudon2801
Rhea2780
Dyer2481
McMinn23218
Cheatham2251
Blount2183
Dickson2060
Cumberland1804
Lawrence1576
Washington1490
Lauderdale1433
Monroe1386
Anderson1342
Gibson1281
Jefferson1270
Coffee1170
Smith1161
Sullivan1162
Obion1122
Hardin1097
Greene1012
Cocke910
Haywood912
Marshall891
Franklin843
Wayne820
Hickman800
Warren730
Marion704
White703
McNairy690
DeKalb660
Lincoln630
Weakley631
Overton611
Roane610
Grundy591
Giles581
Carter571
Hawkins562
Unicoi550
Campbell481
Carroll481
Henderson450
Polk450
Claiborne440
Henry440
Johnson440
Grainger420
Sequatchie380
Cannon360
Crockett353
Chester340
Perry340
Meigs320
Humphreys271
Jackson260
Morgan251
Stewart230
Decatur220
Fentress220
Union180
Scott170
Clay160
Houston150
Benton131
Moore120
Van Buren80
Lewis60
Pickett60
Hancock40

 

 

Community Events