Marvin Hunter, Laquan McDonald's uncle, leads a news conference following Jason Van Dyke's conviction. (Jim Gudas/WBBM Newsradio)

Laquan McDonald's Family Thanks Prosecutors

October 05, 2018 - 6:10 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) -- A relative of Laquan McDonald is thanking prosecutors for the second-degree murder conviction of the white Chicago police officer who shot the black teenager in 2014.

The Rev. Marvin Hunter, McDonald's uncle, blamed the teen's death on a rogue police officer "who thought he could be judge, jury and executioner."

Jason Van Dyke testified that McDonald was advancing on him and ignoring his orders to drop a knife. Video showed the 17-year-old crumpling to the ground in a hail of 16 bullets as he walked away from officers.

Hunter told reporters Friday that the family can't rejoice because Van Dyke is going to jail. He said his family could see the pain of the Van Dyke family, adding that what bothered him was that Van Dyke's family couldn't "see our pain."

Hunter said Van Dyke has never asked McDonald's family for forgiveness.

Hunter also said Chicagoans in the upcoming city election should select a mayor who is serious about police reform.

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