"We never lost eye contact, his eyes were bugging out, his face was just expressionless", Van Dyke said. And with enhancements for having used a gun, Van Dyke would have faced a mandatory minimum of 45 years, according to Chicago defense attorney Steve Greenberg, who has defended clients at more than 100 murder trials.
After the video's released in November 2015 - the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder - protesters marched on downtown Chicago streets throughout Emanuel's term. It's the first time in half a century that a Chicago police officer has been convicted of murder for an on-duty death.
A white police officer has been convicted of murdering a black teenager after firing 16 bullets into him during a confrontation. CPS announced that it wouldn't punish students for participating in walkouts or protests, as long as they don't exceed 30 minutes.
In addition to being found guilty of second-degree murder, Van Dyke was also found guilty on 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He urged jurors to convict on first-degree murder and aggravated battery. In recent years, fatal shootings of civilians by police officers in Cincinnati; Milwaukee; North Charleston, South Carolina; and the Minneapolis area have spurred intense protests, resulted in charges and ended with the officers acquitted or the juries deadlocked. If Van Dyke had to serve six for each of the 16 counts and do so one sentence after another that would add up to 96 years.
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The city paid out a multi-million-dollar settlement to McDonald's family, and Van Dyke was indicted for the shooting in December of 2015. The jury also had the option of first degree-murder, which required finding that the shooting was unnecessary and unreasonable. After deliberating for four hours on Thursday they had spent the night sequestered in a hotel with no access to media. The Judge Vincent Gaughan scolded the officer for failing to notify anyone and arriving late.
Van Dyke had taken the stand in his own defense in a dramatic courtroom moment Tuesday, where he said McDonald was "advancing" toward him and would not drop the knife he was holding. In August, a Texas jury found former Balch Springs, Texas Officer Roy Oliver guilty of murder for the April 2017 shooting of Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old black boy who was shot as he sat in the passenger seat of a vehicle that was driving away from a house party. He's been free on bond.
His bail was revoked and he was taken into custody following the verdict. Defense attorney Dan Herbert told the judge that Van Dyke's tardiness was because he was dealing with a threat to one of his daughters.
Jackson lamented the lack of diversity on the jury - which had a lone African-American, although blacks make up a third of Chicago's population - and wondered whether Van Dyke's conviction would overshadow the need for overall reform. "I love Chicago, it's my city, it's my place".
The jury determining Officer Jason Van Dyke's fate is expected to continue deliberations Friday after starting them on Thursday afternoon. An extra 4,000 officers will be on the street, according to spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.