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A police officer shot a teen 16 times. Sentenced to over six years in prison

20. October 2014 was the 17-year-old black boy Laquan McDonald shot and killed on the open street. He was hit by 16 shots. One year later became police officer

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A police officer shot a teen 16 times. Sentenced to over six years in prison

20. October 2014 was the 17-year-old black boy Laquan McDonald shot and killed on the open street. He was hit by 16 shots. One year later became police officer Jason Van Dyke charged with and later indicted for the murder of 17-year-old.

Over six years in prison

In October, van Dyke was found guilty of felony murder, and on Friday it was time for judgment.

Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in jail, it will therefore say in excess of six years.

It was a far milder judgment than prosecutors had submitted a claim for. Prosecutor Joseph McMahon believed that a prison sentence of 18 to 20 years would be appropriate.

ahead of the verdict, the perpetrators also stated the convicted policeman. He explained himself not during the trial in October.

The last thing I wanted to do was to shoot Laquan McDonald, said Van Dyke, who added that he "prayed daily for the soul of Laquan McDonald", writes the news agency AP.

When the Van Dyke was found guilty in October, he became the first policeman on over 50 years of age who has been convicted of a murder committed in the service.

the Policeman has all the time claimed that he acted in self-defense and that he felt threatened by McDonald, who was in possession of a knife.

Policeman shot the black 17-year-old 16 times. Now he is convicted, the Case caught fire due to video

But the case didn't take the guy too seriously until 2015, when a video from the camera in the police car was released, after massive pressure from the american media.

Where Van Dyke in the police report had described how McDonald jumped towards him with a knife in hand, showed the video a different story.

Where one could see the Van Dyke shooting the 17-year-old 16 times in the course of 15 seconds. During 13 of those seconds were McDonald defenseless on the ground.

the Shots were fired while McDonald went down the street with his back facing the officer. McDonald was in possession of a minor, sammenbrettbar knife.

During the sluttprosedyren in the trial pointed out to the prosecutor Jody Gleason on video footage, and noted that Van Dyke has stated to the investigators that McDonald raised the knife, that he himself started and that McDonald tried to get up from the ground after having been shot.

- none of it happened. You've seen it on video. He the poem it up, " said Gleason.

The current evening encountered the police McDonal after someone had called in and reported that someone broke into cars in the area.

When Van Dyke came to the spot was the 17-year-old more or less surrounded.

Had decided

In his sluttprosedyre emphasized the prosecutor's comments to one of the defence witnesses, psychologist Laurence Miller, who has interviewed Van Dyke.

According to Miller, Van Dyke have heard on the radio that McDonald had a knife and that he had punctured the deck of a police car, which led to that he said to his partner:

"oh my god, we're going to have to shoot the guy".

According to Gleason, this shows that Van Dyke had decided what he was going to do even before he arrived at the site.

Laquan McDonald was never to get to go home that night, said the prosecutor.

Van Dyke and his partner has explained that the video does not show the whole story, and that McDonal raised his knife, even if you can't see this on the video.

But the jury did not hear on Van Dyke, and he was convicted, and must reach the zone just over six years in prison.

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