Since I'm from Chicago I would like to comment on this.
Van Dyke was charged with second degree murder
16 chargers of aggravated assault
He was found not guilty of first degree murder or official misconduct
I think the jurors did the perfectly right thing
I felt like second degree was the right charge. First degree is murder with thought before. it was clearly instinct and just him being reactant. Does not make it anymore right, but I don't think it was first degree.
16 aggravated assault charges is fair. He had no right to shoot the man 16 times after he was on the ground. If he only shot him once, then I believe this would be a different case.
I also think him being not guilty of official misconduct is fair. The man had a knife in his hand waving it around. That could cause a police officer to shoot the gun once, not 15 other times.
The Cook County Circuit Courts did the right thing.