>> With this understanding, will you please read the verdict?>> Yes. We, the jury, find the defendant, Jason Van Dyke, guilty of second-degree murder.>> A former Chicago Cub found guilty of murder Friday in the killing of a black teenager, which stoked nationwide outrage over police use of force.
The verdicts coming in nearly four years after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into 17 year old Laquan McDonald, who was carrying a knife. The incident captured by police dashboard camera showed McDonald apparently walking away from officers when Van Dyke opened fire. Van Dyke was dismissed from the Chicago police force after the incident.
Prosecutors argue the shooting was unjustified.>> When deadly force is used. When it's not necessary, when it's not justified. It is first degree murder.>> Van Dyke's lawyer said his client feared for his life.>> And it's a tragedy that could have been prevented with one simple step.
At any point throughout that 20 some minute rampage, had Laquan McDonald dropped that knife he'd be here today.>> Footage of the encounter coming amid a nationwide reckoning over police use of force toward African Americans. Laquan McDonald joining other names, 18 year old Mike Brown shot dead in Ferguson, Missouri, 12 year old Tamir Rice killed in Cleveland, Eric Garner choked to death on Staten Island, Philando Castile shot in a car outside Minneapolis, and more.
But unlike many of those cases, the officer who pulled the trigger on Laquan McDonald faced a criminal trial, and was found guilty by a jury. The judge ordered Van Dyke remanded into custody, and he was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs. His lawyers are expected to appeal the verdict, but he could face life in prison.