What began with an independent journalist’s lawsuit for Chicago to release dash-cam video of a white police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has become another cause for street protests—peaceful, at least so far.
Chicago officials had until November 30 to release the video, which shows the black teen being shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with murder.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy knew the video would provoke protests, and called for restraint, while preparing for the same kind of violence that beset Ferguson and Baltimore.
Watch the dash-cam video below.
Up to 300 protesters gathered and marched through city streets Tuesday night, according to the Chicago Tribune. “People are mad as hell,” Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide, told the newspaper. Activist groups faced off with police and chanted “16 times!” but largely remained peaceful, with only a few arrests.
Independent journalist Brandon Smith, whose Twitter handle is @muckrakery, filed the suit for the city to release the dash cam footage after McDonald was shot in October 2014.
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) November 24, 2015
Ironically, authorities decided not to let Smith in to the press conference where the video was released.
At the presser. Police tasked with guarding the door are “checking whether to let (my lawyers and I) in.” To see the video we pried loose. — Brandon Smith (@muckrakery) November 24, 2015
The worst part about being barred from the press conference that my lawsuit precipitated is that I can’t ask Rahm questions about it.
— Brandon Smith (@muckrakery) November 24, 2015
With the press out in force waiting for another Ferguson to develop, there was no shortage of live coverage, with both media and individuals live tweeting.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 25, 2015