Laquan McDonald dash-cam video released, protesters take to streets – Watch

Laquan McDonald dash-cam video released, protesters take to streets - Watch

On Tuesday, video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by police officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago last year was released by authorities, sparking a wave of protests around the city. (Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder for McDonald’s death; the teenager was shot 16 times.)

That night, Van Dyke fired 16 rounds at the teenager within about 14 seconds. The Chicago Tribune reports that Van Dyke was reloading when another officer told him to hold fire. His attorney, Dan Herbert, said Van Dyke was justified in his actions because he feared for his safety.

McDonald had been followed for about a half mile by police, after breaking into vehicles in a trucking yard, according to previous reports, and had used a small knife to slash the tires of a police car that was blocking his way. Police previously said McDonald had lunged at officers on the scene, but he appears to be moving away from them instead.

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It shows McDonald running, then walking down the center land of a two way street. He veers away from police cars in the left lane, carrying something in his right hand, and then is spun around as he is shot from the left. Then he is shot as he is lying on the ground.

A medical examiner’s report said McDonald has PCP in his system when he was killed. Van Dyke is being held without bail until at least Monday, when the judge will view the video.

Reaction to the video was swift. “The video shows that everything that police said after the shooting was a lie,” a Chicago Sun-Times columnist writes. Chicago citizens took to the streets after the video’s release to protest:

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