The Chicago police who killed a young black man in that US state in 2014 was sentenced to almost seven years in prison on Friday, officials said.
Jason Van Dyke killed Laquan McDonald on the night of October 20, 2014, after firing 16 times over the course of 17 years. The case, made public a year later, triggered a series of debates about racism and police behavior in the United States.
The lawyers of both sides agreed that the former police, now in their forties, could be released in less than three and a half years if they demonstrated correct behavior in prison.
According to the Associated Press, the young man's family complained about the "very light" penalty imposed on Van Dyke. The sentence of six years and nine months is a phrase that, they consider, "reduces the life" of Laquan McDonald "to a second-class citizen".
Although the case dates back to 2014, the video that served as evidence for the judges was only released by municipal authorities more than a year later. Images "violent and gruesome", according to the words of the judges, who pushed the protests in the country.
In the video, shot by the camera on the patrol car, we see the teenager fall to the ground after being struck, apparently incapacitated, and the agent to continue shooting firing behind his body.
In 2017, three Chicago policemen were accused of lying and conspiring to cover this murder.