Chicago on edge before release of police shooting video

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The video shows a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager 16 times and its release is set to come just as the officer is charged with murder. Mana Rabiee reports.

Chicago on edge before release of police shooting video

Chicago is on edge as officials get ready to release dashcam video from a 2014 shooting by a white officer that left a black teenager dead.

Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder on Tuesday in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last October 20th and held without bond.

Police dashcam video reportedly shows Van Dyke shooting the teen 16 times as he moves away holding a knife.

A county judge ordered the video’s release last week but the police union opposes the move, saying it will taint a potential jury.

Sentiments echoed by the officer’s attorney.

(SOUNDBITE) DAN HERBERT, ATTORNEY FOR OFFICER VAN DYKE, SAYING:

“My client should be afforded the same presumption of innocence that every other American is afforded. This case can’t be tried in the streets, in the media, and it can’t be tried on Facebook.”

But prosecutors say the video shows the officer started shooting just six seconds after arriving at the scene and that he used excessive force.

The killing is one of several fatal police shootings of black men across the U.S. over some 18 months that led to angry protests against police brutality and reopened a national debate on race relations in America.

Federal prosecutors are investigating the shooting and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, seen here, has asked civic leaders to help prevent violent protests after the video’s release.

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