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LaquanMcDonald 's life mattered. JasonVanDyke shot him 16 times and killed him on October 20th, 2014. He and some of his colleagues lied in their official reports to cover-up the murder. After the video was released, though, the truth came out. Van Dyke was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, 16 counts of aggravated battery and official misconduct.
On October 5th, 2018, he was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. He faced up to 96 years in prison.
Yesterday, on January 17th, 2019, the 3 CPD officers ( DavidMarch JosephWalsh ThomasGaffney ) who went on trial for falsifying documents to cover up the murder were found not guily on all charges.
Today, on January 18th, 2019, Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in prison (that's less than 6 years) and he will be eligible for parole after 2 years.
When he is released, no matter how difficult things are for him and his family, he will still have a life and they will have one another. Laquan McDonald was murdered at 17. He will be 17 forever. His family will never have him back. Justice is a good idea and a noble concept on paper but in reality and in practice, it can never be fair or satisfying. In this case, at least, cops were charged and even though 3 walked, one was convicted and he is the one who actually committed the murder. So, I guess we and the McDonald family received justice. But did we? We should be thankful, right? And we are, but, personally I am more thankful to those who fought hard for a chance at some accountability than for the type of justice we were served once again on a shiny platter for the cameras.
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