On the 20. October 2014 was shot the 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in Chicago. 13 months after the fact, were released on a court order the video recordings, which showed that the police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 Times at the young man, during this flea with a knife in Hand. The Officer also fired, as the Teenager lay dying on the street.

Van Dyke was arrested on the same day in custody. In October of 2018, a jury court acquitted the police of manslaughter, guilty. He had pleaded not guilty.

Now, Van Dyke was sentenced to six years and nine months in prison. 81 months of imprisonment in a prison in the U.S. state of Illinois, as well as two years probation would be appropriate, said the judge, Vincent Gaughan.

Three for conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice accused colleagues have spoken on Thursday.

“A strong message”

The death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald had led to mass protests against police violence and racism in the third largest city in the USA. In November 2015, thousands of people in Chicago on the road. After the protests, among other things, the chief of police of the city in the US has dismissed the state of Illinois. Hit the town in 2015 with the relatives of the victim a compensation agreement, five million dollars (4.3 million euros).

Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, the Baptist clergyman, Marvin Hunter, said the verdict is a strong message to all police officers that they can go to prison and if you break the lies, or the law.

The lead investigator in the case, Joseph McMahon, described the event as historic and said that the concerned authorities had reliably worked. He said after the verdict: “It was our goal to find out the truth, to show you and to claim justice. It wasn’t about revenge.”

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