Officials in Chicago have released the dash-cam video footage of Laquan McDonald‘s shooting death at the hands of city police Officer Jason Van Dyke from October 2014. The video was released a day ahead of the court-ordered deadline and on the same day Van Dyke turned himself in to authorities.
The city of Chicago and outside supporters have been anticipating a variety of reactions to the release of video which we’ve viewed in its entirety tonight. In what we’ve been able to determine, McDonald did not appear to be aggressive when he was gunned down nor did he appear to be approaching officers. However, the video doesn’t show the original reason officers were called to the scene to detain McDonald initially.
From the New York Times:
The video was released during a late afternoon news conference, fulfilling a judge’s order that it be made public.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel acknowledged that the video would make some residents angry, but said it was a time for healing. “It is now the time to come together as one city, show respect for one another,” Mr. Emanuel said.
Earlier Tuesday, Anita Alvarez, the Cook County state’s attorney, charged the officer, Jason Van Dyke, in the death of the teenager, Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014.
The grainy nighttime video, which opened with a lengthy segment of the police car rushing to the scene, showed Mr. McDonald running and then walking past the officers in the middle of the street and twirling when he is suddenly struck down by bullets. For a moment, crumpled on the ground, he moves but then lies still. An officer kicks an object away from his body. More officers arrive but none attempt aid.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: The content of the video might be disturbing to some and certainly not fit for younger viewers.
SOURCE: The New York Times| PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Roland Martin, host of NewsOne Now spoke with Rachel Williams, Black Youth Project 100 and WBEZ Producer/Reporter Kathy Chaney about the release of the disturbing video and subsequent protests. Watch their discussion below.