Chicago cop who shot Laquan McDonald got nearly 7 years. Black teen's family asks: Was justice done? - News Summed Up

Chicago cop who shot Laquan McDonald got nearly 7 years. Black teen's family asks: Was justice done?


The sentence of six years and nine months was less than half the penalty that had been sought by prosecutors, who asked for 18 to 20 years. But it went far beyond the request of defense attorneys, who argued that Van Dyke could be released on probation. The prison term also was 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.


Source: Los Angeles Times January 20, 2019 00:22 UTC



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