Former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced to 6 years and 9 months in prison behind the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery. His conviction marks the first Chicago cop to be found guilty of murder in 50 years.
The sentence seemed rather light to many who were hoping Van Dyke received the 18-year minimum sentence prosecutors were aiming for, but Laquan McDonald's uncle, Pastor Marvin Hunter saw the verdict as a victory. "I want to say to everyone—everyone in the city of Chicago and across this country—that if they had sentenced him to 1 minute, it is a victory, [...] It is a victory because what has happened in this courtroom today has never happened in the history of this county [...] it sends a strong message to unjust police officers that now you can and will go to jail if you're caught lying, if you're caught breaking the law."