LaQuan McDonald: City Preps for More Protests
Video: Protesters in Chicago held a mass demonstration following the release of video footage detailing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
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.”
According to Associated Press, organizers in the city are expected to stage more demonstrations in the coming days, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday.
Another protest seeks to block Michigan Avenue, a popular shopping thoroughfare, on Black Friday.
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