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by TrumpShop.Net on Oct 06, 2018

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, second from left, watches closing statements with his defense team during his trial for the first degree shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 In Chicago. From left are: Tammy Wendt, Van Dyke, Elizabeth Fleming, and Daniel Herbert. (Antonio Perez/ Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool) CHICAGO – The Latest on the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald (all times local): 7:25 p.m. Hundreds of boisterous but peaceful demonstrators briefly blocked several streets in downtown Chicago after white police officer Jason Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder Friday in the 2014 shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Carrying signs reading “Justice for Laquan McDonald” while chanting “16 shots” and “guilty,” the marchers started outside City Hall and continued for many blocks. The tone was celebratory as demonstrators pushed past police officers lining the route. The march ended in front of Trump International Hotel and Tower. ___ 5:50 p.m. A relative of Laquan McDonald is thanking prosecutors for the second-degree murder conviction of the white Chicago police officer who shot the black teenager in 2014. The Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald’s uncle, blamed the teen’s death on a rogue police officer “who thought he could be judge, jury and executioner.” Jason Van Dyke testified that McDonald was advancing on him and ignoring his orders to drop a knife. Video showed the 17-year-old crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from officers. Hunter told reporters Friday that the family can’t rejoice because Van Dyke is going to jail. He said his family could see the pain of the Van Dyke family, adding that what bothered him was that Van Dyke’s family couldn’t “see our pain.” Hunter said Van Dyke has never asked McDonald’s family for forgiveness. ___ 5:30 p.m. One legal expert says a white Chicago police officer is likely looking at less than 10 years in prison for killing a black teenager rather than decades because jurors opted to convict him of second-degree murder and not first-degree murder. Jurors Friday also convicted Jason Van Dyke of 16 counts of aggravated battery for shooting Laquan McDonald 16 times. Steve Greenberg has defended clients at more than 100 murder trials. He says Van Dyke would have faced a mandatory minimum sentence of 45 years on a first-degree murder conviction. Second-degree murder carries sentences of between four and 20 years. Each count of aggravated battery carries between six and 30 years. Greenberg says it’s highly unlikely the judge would order Van Dyke to serve the sentences one after the other. Instead, they would be served simultaneously. Greenberg estimates a judge would impose a prison sentence of no more than six years. ___ 4:30 p.m. The lead prosecutor

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