Chicago braces for release of police shooting video

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s police superintendent urge Chicago not to resort to violent protest as the city braces for the release of a highly anticipated video showing a white officer shooting dead a black teenager 16 times. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Chicago braces for release of police shooting video

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STORY: The video showing an October 2014 fatal police shooting was described by the Cook County State’s attorney as “chilling” and violent. And on Tuesday (November 24) Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, along with the city’s police superintendent, prepared the city for the imminent release of the highly anticipated year-old video.

In it, Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, is said to shoot multiple times at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was holding a three-inch folding knife, officials say, but who is not seen advancing on Van Dyke.

Police Superintendent Gerry McCarthy told reporters at a press conference that Van Dyke “took a young man’s life” and will have to “account for his actions”.

Prosecutors say Van Dyke emptied his gun and prepared to reload. The officer 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, he could face 20 years to life in prison.

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.

McCarthy said residents should feel that they can peacefully protest the shooting but that violent protest would not be tolerated.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said reaction to the release of the video should be used as an opportunity to build “bridges” in the city instead of erecting “barriers”.

Van Dyke has had 20 misconduct complaints made against him during the past 4-1/2 years, none of which led to any discipline from the Chicago Police Department, according to research by Craig Futterman, a University of Chicago law professor and expert on police accountability issues.

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