Laquan McDonald: Chicago Prepares for Mass Protests

Laquan McDonald: Chicago Prepares for Mass Protests

Organizers plan rallies in response to video release of fatal police shooting.

by #teamEBONY, November 25, 2015

Laquan McDonald: Chicago Prepares for Mass Protests

Chicago demonstrators rally in response to the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald Tuesday night.

The city of Chicago is preparing for more massive protests after authorities released video footage of a white police officer fatally shooting a Black teenager 16 times Tuesday.

The graphic video of Officer Jason Van Dyke firing at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald sparked immediate protests, and officials say more are expected.

Authorities took more than a year to share the footage and charge Van Dyke. He has since been charged with first-degree murder, and is currently being held at a Cook County jail facility.

The video's release and the charge comes days after a judge ordered that the recording be made public by Wednesday.

Moments before its release, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents and protesters to remain calm.

"[Residents] will have to make an important judgment about our city and ourselves and go forward." He said the incident was a potential "moment of understanding and learning."

Read more at Associated Press.


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