Twitter Reacts To Jason Van Dyke’s Guilty Verdict Over Laquan McDonald Killing
Justice is one step closer to being served. Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The verdict was delivered before a court on Friday (Oct. 5).
In addition to second-degree murder, Van Dyke was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery but was not found guilty of misconduct.
Following the live broadcast of the long-awaited verdict, a number of supporters, protesters, and celebrities hopped online to show their approval of the final verdict.
Chance the Rapper was among the first people to tweet about the case. Vic Mensa, who created the song “16 Shots” in dedication to McDonald’s murder, also penned a message about the trial on Instagram.
“We all saw the footage. there can be no justification for emptying the clip for an unresponsive 17-year-old kid lying in blood on the pavement. This was a lynching,” he wrote.
As previously reported, Laquan McDonald was fatally shot on Oct. 20, 2014, on Chicago’s South Pulaski Road, after officers responded to a report of him carrying a knife. In the initial report, McDonald claimed the teen was acting erratically and charged towards him, causing the officer to fire 16 gunshots. The footage was released following his death, showing how McDonald actually advanced towards the teen, contrary to what was initially reported.
Sentencing in this case had not been determined. See more of the reactions to Jason Van Dyke’s guilty verdict down below.