Chicago: A white Chicago police officer who shot a black teenager 16 times last year was charged with first-degree murder, hours before the city released a video of the killing.

Several hundred people blocked traffic and circled police cars and chanted “16 shots.” Pics/AFP
Several hundred people blocked traffic and circled police cars and chanted “16 shots.” Pics/AFP

Ahead of the video’s release late Tuesday on the orders of a judge, the white police officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot black teenager Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014 was charged with first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.

A screen grab of the video released by the Chicago Police on November 24
A screen grab of the video released by the Chicago Police on November 24

A judge ordered that the recording be made public. Shortly after the video’s release, protesters began marching through city streets. Several hundred people blocked traffic and circled police cars in an intersection and chanted “16 shots.”

Laquan McDonald was shot dead  on October 20, 2014
Laquan McDonald was shot dead  on October 20, 2014

'Right to be angry'
“People have a right to be angry. People have a right to protest. People have a right to free speech. But they do not have a right to... criminal acts,” Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said.

The authorities say that McDonald was armed with a 3-inch knife when Van Dyke confronted him. The teen did not comply with police orders to drop the knife,” the officer’s attorney said.