Chicago releases video of police shooting

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Chicago authorities release the highly anticipated year-old video showing a white police officer shooting dead a black teenager. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Chicago releases video of police shooting



Chicago authorities on Tuesday (November 24) released a highly anticipated video that shows a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager a year ago.

The video of the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting was released a day earlier than expected after a shorter version came into the possession of Chicago media, a police spokesman said.

Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by police officer Jason Van Dyke, who emptied his gun and prepared to reload, prosecutors said. 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 charged with murder on Tuesday in a prosecution that was hastened in the hopes of averting renewed racial turmoil over the use of lethal police force that has shaken the United States for more than a year.

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.

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.

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.

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