Chicago Charges Officer In Black Teen Death



Chicago Charges Officer In Black Teen Death

CHICAGO (Reuters) – A white Chicago policeman who seriously shot a black teenager was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a long-awaited video that shows the youth walking away from officers as he is slain by a volley of 16 gunshots.

The graphic demo of last year’s shooting, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police car and made public under orders from a judge, sparked quiet street demonstrations in Chicago on Tuesday.

The clip showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who authorities said was carrying a pocket knife and had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system, as he was gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014. McDonald is seen jogging away from patrol vehicles pursuing him from behind, and then veering off diagonally at a walk as two more officers pull up in a squad car ahead of him.

“The Chicago Police Department refuses to look at potential patterns of misconduct complaints when investigating police misconduct,” Futterman said. “If the department did see these patterns when investigating police abuse, there is a great chance right now that 17-year-old boy would still be alive.”

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