Monday, January 21, 2019

Van Dyke sentenced

[VIDEO] There has been a lot of reactions to it as I see many aren't happy with the former police officer's sentence of 6 years and 9 months in prison. Cook County prosecutors wanted a sentence of at least 96 years behind bars.

Via Vox
Months after being convicted for second-degree murder, former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke has been sentenced to six years and nine months in prison and two years of mandatory supervised release for the 2014 murder of Laquan McDonald, a judge announced Friday.
This is further broken down on the CapFax and not long after they shut down comments for the weekend.
There was another trial last week which just ended of other police officers who were also involved with the shooting of LaQuan McDonald and they were charged with covering this up:
Three current and former Chicago Police officers have been acquitted of criminal charges accusing them of conspiring to cover up the circumstances of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014 in an effort to protect fellow officer Jason Van Dyke.

Cook County Judge Domenica Stephenson found former officer Joseph Walsh, Officer Thomas Gaffney and ex-detective David March not guilty of felony counts of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct.

“The state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that there was an agreement between any of these defendants or others, or any act in furtherance of their agreement,” she said. “This court finds that the state has failed to meet its burden on all charges.”

In announcing her verdict, Stephenson said prosecutors did not prove the statements the three officers made in official reports on the shooting were false. She also said deciding the case was not a simple matter of comparing the video of the shooting to official police reports, noting the dashcam video was not filmed by the officers.
Finally, this is how upset some people were with this verdict. And let's not count this out, last year one judge didn't get retained thanks to a very concerted effort.
And I did share this on The Sixth Ward's FB page however this was not an endorsement, just to share something I had found on FB.

Feel free to share any opinions you may have on this case. I know that opinions are largely along racial lines.

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