Chicago erupts over video of cop shooting black teenager 16 times

Nov 26, 2015, 09:55 IST | Agencies

Hours after the video was made public by the judge, who charged the accused officer with first-degree murder, angry protestors streamed through the streets

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.

40 seconds, 16 shots
Laquan McDonald swings into view on a four-lane street where police vehicles are stopped in the middle of the roadway.

As he jogs down an empty lane, he appears to pull up his pants and then slows to a brisk walk, veering away from two officers who are emerging from a vehicle and drawing their guns. Suddenly, one of the officers appears to fire from close range and fires at him 16 times. McDonald spins around and crumples to the pavement.

The car with the camera continues to roll forward until the officers are out of the frame. The relevant portion of the video runs for less than 40 seconds and has no audio. Then, fatally-wounded McDonald can be seen lying on the ground, moving occasionally.

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