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Jury finds Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder in shooting of Laquan McDonald

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A jury on Friday found Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke guilty of second-degree murder for fatally shooting Laquan McDonald.

In addition to being found guilty of second-degree murder, Van Dyke was also found guilty on 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm. The jury did find Van Dyke not guilty, however, of a charge of official misconduct.

Although Van Dyke had actually been charged with first-degree murder, the jury was told that it could find him guilty of second-degree murder if jurors felt that it was a more appropriate charge.

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Van Dyke in 2014 killed Laquan McDonald, a black Chicago teenager, when he shot at him 16 times. Although Van Dyke argued to the court that he was acting in self defense because McDonald was advancing on him, video evidence showed that McDonald was not moving toward Van Dyke at the time when the officer opened fire.

In particular, the video shows that the 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a knife on him at the time, was walking in a direction that was perpendicular to where Van Dyke was standing, not directly toward him.

Additionally, none of the other officers who were on the scene with Van Dyke in 2014 felt the need to fire their weapons, even after Van Dyke began discharging his own.


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Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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Samantha Power, the author of the new book, The Education of an Idealist, was asked by Maher about the foreign policy mantra of the Obama administration.

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"Do stupid sh*t as quickly as possible," Power clarified.

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