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Laquan McDonald Shooter Found Guilty

Eugene Nelson Jr

Posted on October 8, 2018 17:23

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This is my take on this topic that happens way too often.

After four years and fighting tooth and nail to see justice served, Jason Van Dyke is finally found guilty of the second-degree murder of Laquan McDonald. I know what you’re thinking because I am thinking the same thing. Why did this take so long and why was it only second-degree murder? Well I think that it took so long because no one wanted to touch such a controversial case. This man pumped sixteen shots into Laquan McDonald’s seventeen-year-old body. WOW!

Even if this officer felt that his life and the life of his fellow officers were in mortal danger from this knife wielding youth, it didn’t take sixteen shots to stop this young man. From the video it is obvious that something was seriously wrong with Laquan McDonald that night. And from the number of bullets that the officer put in that young man, it is obvious that there is something wrong with Jason Van Dyke. Even if he had shot this young man in the arm or leg he would have been disarmed. So why empty your clip in this situation? 

“Serve and Protect.” I see this on police cars all the time. But are we teaching our officers how to do this, or are we just teaching them how to use a gun? We have thousands of police officers with guns, but how many have been given the tools they need to deal with a mentally disturbed individual? We see the police and we are supposed to feel relieved and safe, but most of us feel anxiety and apprehension. This isn’t right.  How many more Laquan McDonald’s do we have to suffer through before we wake up?

The way that we are qualifying the people that we are giving a gun and license to kill to needs to change. I think they should have extensive background checks that include character and mental checks as well. We should know the people that are paid to “service and protect” us as well as we know our neighbors. We should be able to know them on sight and vice versa. We should not feel animosity from or toward the people sworn to up hold our laws.    

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Eugene Nelson Jr

Posted on October 8, 2018 17:23

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Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, testified during his murder trial for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17.

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