White Chicago Cop Gets Slap On The Wrist After Murdering Black Teen: Report
On Friday, a judge sentenced former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke to seven years in prison after being found guilty of murdering Laquan McDonald in 2014.
According to reports, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan sentenced to 81 months in prison and would be eligible for parole in just two years into his sentence.
Reuters noted that “The verdict in October marked the first time an on-duty Chicago police officer was held criminally accountable for the killing of an African-American and touched off celebratory street demonstrations in Chicago.”
The short seven-year sentence is nothing compared to what Van Dyke should be facing. He could have faced up to 20 years in prison for his second-degree murder conviction and up to 30 years for each of 16 counts of aggravated battery – one count for each shot he fired at McDonald, who was carrying a knife.
But Judge Gaughan did not rule on the aggravated battery charges.