Protests grow over Chicago teen's shooting death

Journal Staff Report | 11/30/2015, 6 a.m.
There have been days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 ...
Laquan McDonald, left, and Officer Jason Van Dyke.

There have been days of protests in Chicago since the release of a video showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white police officer.

On Nov. 27, demonstrators disrupted Black Friday shopping with a march through the heart of the city's most famous retail district.


Officer Jason Van Dyke Shoots Laquan McDonald

Demonstrators held the march on Friday, the traditional beginning of the holiday shopping season that packs Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile. The march brought attention to the Oct. 20, 2014, slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald and an investigation into his shooting that some say was mishandled.

The graphic dashcam video that shows McDonald being shot repeatedly by Officer Jason Van Dyke was released Nov. 24 , the same day Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. He's been ordered held without bond.

Protesters have expressed anger over the video of the shooting. They've also harshly criticized the department for its months-long effort to prevent the video from being released and the state's attorney's office for taking more than a year to file charges against the officer, despite having footage of the incident.

Van Dyke's attorney has said the officer feared for his life when he fired at McDonald and that the case should be tried in the courtroom, not in social media or on city streets.

Van Dyke and other officers were responding to a report of a teen with a knife who had been breaking into cars on the night McDonald was shot.

The video released Nov. 24 shows McDonald jogging down a street and then veering away from Van Dyke and another officer who emerged from a police SUV drawing their guns. Within seconds, Van Dyke begins firing. McDonald spins around and falls to the pavement as Van Dyke keeps shooting.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.