President Barack Obama has come forward to share his thoughts on the horrific footage of teenager Laquan McDonald being fatally shot.
President Obama issued a statement on social media Wednesday (November 25).
— White House Archived (@ObamaWhiteHouse) November 25, 2015
Roc Nation’s Vic Mensa alerted fans of his involvement with Twitter posts and retweets early Wednesday (November 25).
— BLACK POWER ranger (@MalcolmLondon) November 25, 2015
— THE VOICE (@lildurk) November 25, 2015
The shocking shooting footage emerged across social media Tuesday (November 24).
TSR Staff: Chinny @Miss_ChinChin _____________________________________ The Chicago Police Department have just released the graphic video of the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. McDonald was shot in October of last year near the intersection of Pulaski and 41st. Police say they saw him carrying a small knife. _____________________________________ The teen was shot 16 times by officer, Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with a first degree murder charge and is being held without bond. _____________________________________ The video was released today, a day earlier than what was expected. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told community activists for peaceful protests during this time and not to resort to violence. The full graphic video is at TheShadeRoom.com(link in bio)#LaquanMcDonald
The protests stemmed from police officer Jason Van Dyke receiving first-degree murder charges and the graphic shooting footage emerging Tuesday (November 24).
The night of protest followed a day of fast-moving events: first-degree murder charges against the officer, Jason Van Dyke, in the shooting of Laquan McDonald, 17, and, hours later, the release of graphic video from a police dashboard camera of the 2014 shooting, which a judge had ordered the city to make public by Wednesday. (New York Times)
Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel spoke out amid the protests this week.
“I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding. I understand that the people will be upset and will want to protest when they see this video,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said. “We as a city must rise to this moment.” (CNN)