CHICAGO (AP) — The white Chicago police officer who gunned down a black teenager in 2014 was sentenced Friday to nearly seven years in prison, bringing an end to a historic case that centered on a shocking dashcam video and fueled the national debate over race and law enforcement.Jason Van Dyke was convicted last year of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery — one for each bullet he fired.Moments before learning the sentence, Van Dyke acknowledged the black teenager’s death, telling the judge that “as a God-fearing man and father, I will have to live with this the rest of my life.”Earlier, several black motorists testified that he used a racial slur and excessive force during traffic stops in the years before the 2014 shooting. 21 PHOTOS Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial See Gallery Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke takes the stand in his murder trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago, Illinois, U.S., October 2, 2018. Antonio Perez/Pool via Reuters Rev. Jesse Jackson (L), and Laquan McDonald’s mother Tina Hunter listen in during the trial of… Read full this story
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