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In addition to second-degree murder, Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery but was not found guilty of misconduct.

Laquan McDonald, 17, was carrying a knife when Van Dyke fired at him on a dimly lit street where he was surrounded by other officers. Police confronted the teen and warned him to drop the weapon.

"It's Jason Van Dyke firing bullets, ripping into the flesh of Laquan McDonald 16 times".

But the jury found Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder and other charges. "If the jurors hadn't convicted Van Dyke, it would have been an outrage, but it would have been a familiar outrage".

The Justice Department launched an investigation, concluding in a scathing report past year that the department violates the constitutional rights of residents.

At prosecutors' request, Van Dyke's bond was revoked minutes after the verdicts were announced and Judge Gaughan ordered he be held in jail pending sentencing.

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But Van Dyke, who testified in his own defense, tearfully told jurors that he felt threatened and that the video, which was taken from the side, did not show the scene from his perspective. Police said McDonald was armed only with a small knife. The knew the climate. That case, which also involved an officer shooting someone with a knife, ended in conviction in 1970.

Even before the trial, the case affected law enforcement in Chicago.

In preparation for the verdict, Chicago authorities made sure the full police force would be available resulting in an additional 4,000 officers throughout the city.

He was cleared of official misconduct. Such outcomes are are rare.

At a bus stop along Roosevelt Road, Kourtney Wilson, a 32-year old public relations officer for a non-profit organization, let out a loud, celebratory whoop upon learning of the verdict. An officer with a Taser was just 25 seconds away.

In closing arguments, a prosecutor claimed Van Dyke showed no regard for the life of the black teenager while the defense portrayed him as a police veteran ensnared in a tragedy but not a murder.

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Herbert said there was no question the case is tragic but it did not amount to murder.

Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder since 1980. They said that he stabbed the tire of a police vehicle before the shooting.

City officials had fought releasing the tape in court and it was only released until after Emanuel safely won reelection to a second term and after Chicago's City Council approved a US$5 million (S$7 million) settlement with the McDonald family.

Last year, the city borrowed $225 million on police-related settlements and judgments, bringing the total to $709 million between 2010 and 2017, according to a report by the Action Center on Race and the Economy. Yet, high-profile prosecutions are rare in the city despite its department being notoriously accused of corruption, especially with its interactions with residents of color. Protesters have gathered outside the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse every day of the three-week trial. Some schools, for instance, took measures to close down if Van Dyke was found not guilty.

Mr Van Dyke now faces a minimum of six years in prison and a maximum of over 15 years, with the possibility of probation. Some activists have argued for peaceful protests in the form of an economic boycott.

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