Outraged over the violent shooting of Laquan McDonald by a white Chicago police officer, protesters on Tuesday took to the streets and social media to condemn what appears to be nothing short of an execution.
Protesters erupted across the city, with some chanting “16 shots” for the number of times the officer shot McDonald and “don’t shoot me,” according to ABC News. Police said there were a few minor injuries during the rallies.
Chicago officials released the dash-cam video footage late-Tuesday of the shooting by police officer Jason Van Dyke on October 20, 2014. The video shows McDonald, 17, being shot 16 times as he walked down the street holding a knife. A prosecutor at the officer’s hearing stated that “McDonald did not approach the officer, but the officer allegedly took at least one step towards him,” ABC News reports.
The footage was released a day ahead of the court-ordered deadline and on the same day when Van Dyke became the city’s first on-duty police officer to be charged with first-degree murder.
Van Dyke has been stripped of his badge and pay, and ordered held without bond, reports say.
[Source: ABC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Twitter]