Cop Shooting Death Video Of Black Chicago Teen To Go Public
Back in April, the family of Black Chicago teenager Laquan McDonald was awarded $5 million after the police shooting death of the 17-year-old. Although McDonald was armed, a dashcam video that’s soon to go public reportedly reveals that the boy was shot 16 times in the back by a white officer as he retreated.
According to the ruling of a Cook County judge, the Chicago Police Department now has to release a dashboard video of the confrontation that led to McDonald’s violent death.
According to those who have seen it, the video shows Laquan McDonald, 17, walking away from police when one officer opened fire. His back was turned toward the white officer when he was shot 16 times on October 20, 2014. Five other responding officers showed restraint in the video. The teen had a small knife.
“This is about justice. This is about transparency. We came together to do that today and I hope what we’re doing today sets precedence,” William Calloway, Christianaire, said.
Investigators said McDonald refused to drop the knife when officers confronted him. They had been called to the scene after someone reported seeing a man wielding a knife.
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