Chicago Live Updates: Protests After Laquan McDonald Shooting Video, Riots Feared
A number of protesters took to the streets in Chicago after police released the video of an officer shooting and killing a black teenager.
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Twitter users posted photos of protesters marching along Halsted to Roosevelt after the video was released. According to NBC Chicago, protesters gathered on the Near West Side Tuesday evening.
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Around 75 demonstrators were seen gathering peacefully in the 700 block of West Maxwell during a press conference with Chicago Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy.
An ABC Chicago also said protesters started to gather on Tuesday evening.
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Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot 16 times in October 2014. Many demonstrators directed their anger at Chicago police and officer Jason Van Dyke, who is facing murder charges in the McDonald’s death.
Chicago’s mayor and police chief called for calm before the video was released to the public. Protests had been planned ahead of the release. Officials and community leaders fear the video could trigger the kind of unrest that took place in cities like Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore after young black men were killed by a police officer and died in police custody.
“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, according to NBC Chicago.
He added: “At the end of the day, the Chicago Police Department is trained for, and we’re world leaders in, mass demonstrations. We’re prepared to facilitate people’s first amendment right to free speech, but we will be intolerant of criminal behavior here in the city of Chicago.”
The attorneys for McDonald’s family released a statement in response to the video’s release, calling for calm in Chicago.
“We deeply appreciate the outpouring of love and support for Laquan,” the statement from attorneys Michael D. Robbins and Jeffrey J. Neslund said. “This is a difficult time for us. As we have said in the past, while we would prefer that the video not be released we understand that a court has ordered otherwise. We ask for calm in Chicago. No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful. Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name. Let his legacy be better than that.”
Emanuel addressed Van Dyke’s case.
“Anyone who is there to uphold the law cannot act like they’re above the law. I want to say one thing: there are men and women both in leadership positions and in rank and file who follow and live by that principal every day. Jason Van Dyke does not represent the police department,” Emanuel said, per DNAInfo.