Officer Charged in LaQuan McDonald Shooting
A Chicago police officer who fatally wounded a 17-year-old teen after shooting him at least 16 times at close range has been charged, ABC News reports.
The officer arrived at the criminal courts building around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday. He is expected to appear in bond court around noon.
The news follows an order handed down by a Cook County judge giving authorities until Wednesday to release video footage of the Oct. 2014 incident. The city is bracing for outrage, and called for faith leaders and activists to maintain peace upon the video’s release.
“Two wrongs don’t a make a right here. We need to be respectful of our community,” said Alderman Emma Mitts, 37th Ward.
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and the FBI have been investigating the shooting.
McDonald’s family, who won a $5 million settlement from the city back in April, said they have never seen the video.
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