CHICAGO- About 150 protesters gathered on Tuesday night after the release of dash-cam footage showing 17-year old, Laquan McDonald, being executed by Officer Jason Van Dyke October 20th, 2014.
The footage was released early Tuesday, and by that evening a mass of demonstrators had shown up at an art gallery to discuss the release of the disturbing footage.
In the video, the boy can be seen walking down the middle of a street, ignoring the police cruisers all around him.
Within seconds of police getting to Laquan, the young man, who is actually trying to walk away from officers, is spun around by bullets and falls to the ground.
Once on the ground and barely moving, Officer Van Dyke continues shooting until the teen is dead.
Jason Van Dyke put 16 bullets into the body of someone’s child that night. But why?
Because Laquan was carrying a knife, which is legal in Chicago?
Fresco Steez of the Black Youth Project 100 said this about the demonstration:
“Tonight, what we’re having is another instance of a killing, a public lynching of another young black man so we’re asking you to give us some space to process our feeling around that. … Their feelings might be raw.”
Escorted by police, protesters then began to march for Laquan.
They chanted things like, “16 times!” and “Don’t ask me about a riot when people are dying.”
The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois released this statement about the footage:
“The anger and frustration expressed by many African-American residents of Chicago in viewing the video is understandable. Members of the African-American community have seen mistreatment and, sadly, violence at the hands of the police for too long in the city. We hope that we can seize this moment to improve all aspects of policing, with a commitment toward creating better relations between the public and police.”
“It is time for real reforms in policing across the city, including better training that emphasizes de-escalation rather than force; increased transparency around police activities; and more public input and oversight of police activities in neighborhoods all across the city of Chicago.”
Protesters are not happy with the sudden outrage of public officials surrounding this case, calling out the apparent bullshit:
“If they felt (Van Dyke) should have been charged this morning, then they should have felt that way a year ago.”
Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder on Tuesday.
Video courtesy of DNA Info Chicago via YouTube:
Source: Raw Story