Brief scuffle between Chicago protesters, police

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A brief scuffle breaks out in Chicago between police and protesters who had taken to the streets in anger over the release of a video that shows an officer involved fatal shooting of a young black man. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Brief scuffle between Chicago protesters, police

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION)

STORY: A brief scuffle broke out in Chicago late Tuesday (November 24) between police and protesters who had taken to the streets in anger over the release of a video that showed an officer involved fatal shooting of a young black man.

Residents came into the streets after police released the highly anticipated video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on October 2014.

The video was released a day earlier than expected after a shorter version came into the possession of Chicago media, a police spokesman said.

Just before the scuffle, protesters were shouting “let him go” after officers appeared to detain a male protester. The encounter was brief and protesters continued in their street march.

Van Dyke, 37, has said through his lawyer and the police union that the shooting was justified because he felt threatened by McDonald.

Van Dyke was denied bail at a hearing in Chicago’s main criminal courthouse hours after top Cook County prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced charges of first-degree murder. If convicted, Van Dyke could face 20 years to life in prison.

At a brief court hearing for Van Dyke on Tuesday, prosecutor Bill Delaney told Cook County Circuit Court Associate Judge Donald Panarese that a video of the 2014 shooting does not show McDonald, who was armed with a knife, advancing on Van Dyke, and that witnesses concur on that fact.

The prosecution was speeded up in hopes of staving off a fresh burst of the turmoil over race and police use of deadly force that has shaken the United States for more than a year.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel appealed for calm as the city prepared for possible protests and the Chicago Public Schools district, one of the biggest in the country with 400,000 students, sent a letter to parents saying they have prepared teachers to discuss the video with children at school.

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