Gun violence

Former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke get 6 years for murdering Laquan McDonald

Jason Van Dyke on Friday. Photo: Antonio Perez-Pool/Getty Images

Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer who was found guilty in the murder of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, was sentenced to just under seven years in prison on Friday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Details: Per the Tribune, Van Dyke "will serve only half of the sentence." The special prosecutor Joseph McMahon asked Judge Vincent Guaghan to give Van Dyke 18-20 years, saying he "betrayed the public trust," and "committed violent, serious crimes in his capacity as a police officer." On Thursday, three other police officers were acquitted on charges of trying to cover up McDonald's murder.

School shootings have united Gen Z and young millennials

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To a degree not entirely fathomable to older Americans, the defining issue for today's youth aged 14–29 — crossing race, age, gender and political affiliation, whether rural or urban — is the long wave of deadly school shootings.

The big picture: That's according to new polling suggesting a stark new generational divide that may influence U.S. politics for years to come.

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