Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago is calling for all people of conscience to join with us in collaborative action to demand that the immediate release of the Chicago Police Department dash cam video showing their murder of LaQuan McDonald last October 20, and the immediate firing and indictment of the cop who shot LaQuan 16 times. We are reaching out now, and ask that people and organizations who feel similarly contact us immediately. We want to do something concrete as quickly as possible to force that video to be released.
The city has said it will NOT release the video publicly. The cop is on desk duty, and continues to be paid. ALL of this is outrageous and needs to change, NOW.
Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun Times wrote an article, “Why the city doesn’t want video of Laquan McDonald’s shooting release, (posted April 14, 2015) which details the murder and the subsequent efforts by the City of Chicago and the CPD to conceal that murder, which was recorded on a CPD dash-cam video.
Jamie Kalven and Craig Futterman reported in Slate.com (“Sixteen Shots”) that the autopsy report shows Laquan was shot in the left scalp, neck, left chest, right chest, left elbow (2), right upper arm (2), left forearm, right upper leg (2), left upper back, right arm, right forearm, right lower back.
Today (April 21, 2015), the New York Times published an editorial, The Violent Legacy of Chicago’s Police, which says in part, “The city has declined to release the police video because of the continuing investigation. But that’s a flimsy excuse. The public deserves to see this evidence, and the longer the delay the greater the suspicion against a department that has a history of violating the public’s trust.”
The Chicago Tribune published an April 16, 2015 editorial, Why did a Chicago cop shoot Laquan McDonald?, which said in part that “City attorneys didn’t want to gamble with a jury. (Corporation Counsel) Patton said video captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera was crucial to that decision…So let’s see that video.”
Chicago Pays $5 Million to Suppress Dash Cam Video of Laquan McDonald Shot 16 Times by Police from Revolution newspaper (revcom.us)
In Mitchell’s article, Jeffrey Neslund, LaQuan’s family’s attorney, described the video:
“Laquan is walking away from police with a knife in his right hand. ‘He is not running. He is not lunging. He is walking. Two Chicago police officers jump out of a Tahoe with their guns drawn. McDonald is still walking west toward the sidewalk with a full lane of traffic separating him from one of the officers. When the officer begins shooting, the first shots spin McDonald around. The officer continues to fire from a distance of between 12 and 15 feet. McDonald falls. The only movement is the puffs of smoke coming from the teen’s torso and his head.’”
Sixteen shots. This is hard to read without a sense of overwhelming horror, and anger, and fury – what must it be like to watch it? A snuff film of a young human being, with his whole life ahead of him, shot down in cold blood – his future gone in a hail of bullets.
Last Wednesday, April 15, the day after the nationwide #ShutDownA14 protests to stop police murder, the Chicago City Council voted 47-0 to approve a $5 million payment to LaQuan’s family. The settlement was specifically to avoid a lawsuit by the family, which would have brought many details of this murder to the light of day.
The next City Council meeting isn’t until Wednesday, May 6, two weeks from now. The dash cam video needs to be released NOW, long before May 6.
Release the video of LaQuan’s murder NOW!
Fire the cop who murdered LaQuan!
Indict the cop who murdered LaQuan!
Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago
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