Arriving at the scene, Van Dyke got out of his vehicle and within a 15-second span, fired 16 shots at McDonald.
"Please think about me and about my life when you sentence this person to prison because he chose to become judge, jury and executioner and never asked for forgiveness and [why should he] be free when I am dead forever?" "I would say it's time for us to peacefully assemble to protest this tragedy", said community activist Dr. Leon Finney.
Prosecutors alleged that Gaffney, March and Walsh, who was Van Dyke's partner, submitted false reports about what happened to try to prevent or shape any criminal investigation of the shooting.
Van Dyke's sister, Heidi Kauffunger, told the court that her brother has been abandoned by family and friends since he was charged.
One of those witnesses, Vidale Joy, said Van Dyke used a racial slur after pulling him over in 2005 and at one point put a gun to Joy's head.
"I will have to live with this the rest of my life. taking it to my grave", he said, adding: "I was a police officer trying to make risky decisions".
Van Dyke's wife of 17 years, Tiffany, described how the family has had financial trouble and temporarily lost health insurance.
Gaughan, who has handled high-profile cases like the trial of R. Kelly, sided with the defense, and sentenced Van Dyke on the second-degree murder charges. The prison term was also a fraction of what Van Dyke could have faced had he been convicted of first-degree murder, which carried a mandatory minimum of 45 years in prison. The victim wasn't putting anyone in immediate danger, and 16 shots was overkill, they said. Judge Vincent Gaughan's decision on that point will help determine the sentence.
Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in prison for his second-degree murder conviction.
Cook County Associate Judge Domenica Stephenson ruled in favor of acquitting all three men implicated in the case - charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and official misconduct all wiped clean by the court of law. The court-ordered release of a video of the incident, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of Van Dyke's police auto, prompted anger throughout Chicago and led to racially charged protests police reforms.
"This judge had made up her mind.to make sure these officers never saw the inside of a jail".
"We can not now view the actions of the officers with the benefit of hindsight as to what they should have believed", she said.
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Stephenson also suggested that Van Dyke and Walsh could have had a reasonable fear for their safety and should not be second-guessed "as to what they should have believed". Other statements that said McDonald threatened Van Dyke with the knife were also lies, the indictment said. "It was borne out in the video that McDonald continued to move after he fell to the ground" and refused to relinquish a knife.
"The impact that this crime has had on Laquan McDonald and his family and the impact on Van Dyke and his family - that's the shame", Gaughan said before pronouncing the sentence.
Police had been responding to a call that reported a man was breaking into trucks and stealing radios, yet due to the evidence from dash-cam and surveillance footage, it seemed clear that the circumstances did not call for the police to use deadly force.
The case cost Van Dyke and the Chicago police superintendent their jobs and was widely seen as the reason the county's top prosecutor was voted out of office.
Days of protests erupted in the third-largest US city when a dashboard camera video of the October 20, 2014, shooting was released more than a year later in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
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Verizon supports a simple rule that would make it illegal for any caller to use any phone number that it is not authorized to use. If you're a Verizon subscriber and are exhausted of all the robocalls you may be getting, there's some good news for you.
Footage from the scene shows fire crews using ladders to try and rescue people from inside the three-storey building. The resort consists of four villages, the most famous being Courchevel 1850 which is also the highest.
Nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago-area airports were canceled on Saturday as heavy snow continued to fall into the weekend. Andrew Cuomo announced a ban on tractor-trailers and buses on most highways in the state starting at 3 p.m.
The disclosure for this sale can be found here. $2.02M worth of stock was sold by Denton David M on Thursday, November 29. The company had revenue of $47.27 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts' expectations of $47.22 billion.
Syria, whose Arab League membership has been suspended since 2011, and Libya are not taking part in the meeting. Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul-Gheit said almost half of all refugees "come from our Arab world".
The phone has the mint-colored power button and a 3.5mm audio jack at the top. 4 GB RAM and 32 GB of internal storage memory . That said, being a Pixel device, you will get unlimited storage on Google Photos for images captured using the handset.
Davis said he not only wants to follow hie client's instructions, but to "honor and respect Bob Mueller ". He also will face questions about it in testimony before the House Oversight Committee on February 7.
European pricing for the G7 Play will reportedly be €149 (about $170), and the G7 Power will be €209 (about $238). Moto G7 Play's Geekbench listing was spotted by TheAndroidSoul , under the model name 'motorola moto g (7)'.
The Middlesex London Health unit is urging Londoners to get their flu shot following the first death of the season. Unfortunately, 3 additional influenza-associated pediatric deaths were reported during Week #2.
Barty party continues in Melbourne with Sharapova win
There is nothing I can do. "I just have to wait, and I know she was playing by the rule book". "It didn't bother me at all". With her win, Barty becomes the first Australian woman through to the Australian Open quarter-finals in ten bloody years.
Kidnapped Canadian national found dead in Burkina Faso
Woodman was later found dead the following day, 100 kilometres from the worksite in Oudalan province he was taken from. Earlier this month, another Canadian man and an Italian woman went missing in Burkina, the security minister said.
Australia vs India 1st ODI
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'World's oldest man' dies in Japan at 113
Last year Guinness officially recognized Nomaka as the world's oldest man after the death of Spaniard Francisco Nunez Olivera. Nonaka had outlived all of his siblings as well as two of the five children he had with his wife, who died in 1992.