Protesters march through Chicago after police shooting video

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Protesters march in Chicago after release of video showing the shooting of black teenager by a white police officer who has been charged with first-degree murder. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

Protesters march through Chicago after police shooting video

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STORY: Demonstrators returned to the streets of Chicago, marching down Michigan Avenue Wednesday evening in protest over showing the fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white policeman.

Prosecutors announced first-degree murder charges on Tuesday against officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, in the Oct. 20, 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times and started shooting just six seconds after emerging from his patrol car, emptying his gun at McDonald and preparing to reload.

Van Dyke’s lawyer, Daniel Herbert, said on CNN that a dashboard camera video, released by the city on Tuesday, 13 months after the shooting, was not an indicator of his client’s guilt. He said Van Dyke arrived on a street on the southwest side of Chicago 18 minutes after a suspect carrying a knife was reported to have threatened businesses and vandalized police cruisers.

Van Dyke was being held in protective custody at a hospital facility away from the general population of Cook County Jail, the county sheriff’s office said. It said it could not disclose any medical reasons.

The release of the video has been controversial because it took so long. It was made public only after an independent journalist filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The police department had argued that releasing the video would taint multiple investigations.

Members of the Chicago City Council’s black caucus demanded the resignation of Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

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