Photos: Laquan McDonald Shooting Video Sparks Protest Marches Around Chicago
By Rachel Cromidas in News on Nov 25, 2015 12:33AM
Updated 10:20 p.m.
Hundreds of protesters have been marching around Chicago's near South Side and the Loopin response to the release of a damning and disturbing video of a Chicago police officer shooting 16 bullets into a black teenager, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
The city released the video on a court order Tuesday evening, shortly after the cop, officer Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder and ordered held in jail without bail. The shooting took place in October 2014.
Some protesters marched east on Roosevelt Road, blocking traffic, while others marched on Michigan Avenue in the Loop. Run-ins with police officers who blocked some of the protesters' movements resulted in at least three arrests Tuesday night.
A separate altercation between officers and activists near the intersection of Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue led to at least one more arrest, according to reports.
We've been following our reporter, Aaron Cynic, and a handful of other reporters who are with the protesters this evening, on Twitter:
Allies held vigil up North, laying roses in the surf by the lake during the all Black action. Now, jail support. pic.twitter.com/mlYDfxu7rM— Kelly Hayes (@MsKellyMHayes) November 25, 2015
Roosevelt. Crowd stopped. pic.twitter.com/G9z4ik72pX— Peter Nickeas (@PeterNickeas) November 25, 2015