Cop in Chicago shooting had history of complaints

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Laquan McDonald case: 5 questions in the fatal Chicago police shooting.

Rapper Vic Mensa joined protesters on the streets of Chicago last night to campaign against Chicago police following the shooting of 17-year-old black teenager Laquan McDonald.US president Barack Obama has said he was “deeply disturbed” by the video footage of a white Chicago policeman shooting dead a black teenager that has been released to the public.A graphic video released this week showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teen in Chicago 13 months ago has raised questions about how this case has been investigated and prompted pleas for protesters to show restraint. The graphic footage, released on Tuesday shortly after police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, has reignited impassioned debate about the use of force by law enforcement in the US.

Protesters in Chicago have likened the Laquan McDonald killing to that of Michael Brown, the black teenager shot dead by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri last year, triggering 15 months of demonstrations in major US cities over perceived police brutality against black men. Chicago police initially said that McDonald was high on the hallucinogen PCP, acting erratically, and then lunged at officers with a knife before being shot 16 times in October 2014. Futterman, one of the lawyers who brought the Freedom of Information Act case to seek the video’s release, questioned the elapsed time particularly because there has been an ongoing conversation throughout the U.S. on race and policing. As well as posting a photo of his attendance to Snapchat, Mensa was briefly filmed by a follower on Twitter, where he exclaimed, “We want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people.’ As reported by Consequence of Sound, Chicago based rapper Chance The Rapper also took to Twitter to show his support.

Tweeting “Be strong Chicago” before adding “I’ll be back in 2 days.” Vic Mensa signed to Roc Nation earlier this year, announcing the deal by releasing his debut single on the label, ‘U Mad’, which features a guest appearance from Kanye West. Prosecutors and Chicago officials have come under intense criticism for trying to block the release of the video and taking so long to press charges against Van Dyke. She noted that federal investigators were also probing the shooting and hadn’t decided what, if any, action they would take. “While it would seem to some that the 12 months of investigation with our federal partners has taken too long, the investigation of police shootings and misconduct are highly complex matters that carry with them very unique legal issues,” Ms. You shouldn’t have released the video.’ You run into all these types of problems, so it doesn’t surprise me at all that the video wasn’t released for a long time.” That can happen, Stinson says, “in an effort to be transparent and to let the community understand that they are taking these matters seriously so as to keep situations and social justice activists and people in the community from rioting. “But that could come back to haunt the prosecutors later on if it impacts on the defendant’s ability to get a fair trial. In 2008, Noel dubbed the decision to book Jay to headline Glastonbury “wrong”, while Liam labelled Kanye as “utter shit” on Twitter following the rapper’s Brit Awards performance last February. “Those guys are legends, but also dickheads.

Prosecutors said Van Dyke, who joined Chicago police in 2001, opened fire just 30 seconds after his vehicle pulled up to the scene with McDonald and six seconds after stepping out of it. Shot from an approaching police vehicle, the dashcam video shows McDonald run down the middle of the street towards another police cruiser, hitch up his pants and then start to walk away from Van Dyke and his partner.

Alvarez said, about two weeks after the shooting. “It’s very disturbing that they waited this long,” said Flint Taylor, a veteran civil rights lawyer who represents victims of alleged police abuse in Chicago. “The old saying is that a prosecutor could indict a ham sandwich, and they had this videotape from the beginning.” “We do not accept the explanation of State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez for her egregious 400-day delay in charging the officer in question. Feels very racist to me. “They’re gonna say: ‘No it’s not about race, it’s about guitar music, it’s about rock’n’roll’, but I mean like, how many people do you feel are carrying the spirit of rock’n’roll in 2015?

The fatal shooting put Van Dyke’s record in the force under scrutiny, as it emerged that he had at least 20 complaints filed against him but was never disciplined. In April, a white South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, was arrested and charged with murder within days after a citizen video emerged that showed him shooting an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, who was running away from him at the time.

Mr Nance — who worked at a cable company and as a high-school sports referee — told investigators that Van Dyke’s partner slammed his head on the hood of his car and that Van Dyke violently handcuffed him and tossed him into a squad car. When the dash-cam video went public earlier this week, the journalist whose lawsuit led to its court-ordered release didn’t have a chance to attend the news conference and ask any questions.

The Independent Police Review Board dismissed the complaint because there were “no independent witnesses” and “no way to determine” the cause of Mr Nance’s injuries, local media reported. Maki Haberfeld, chairwoman of the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, said the shooting didn’t appear to be justified because the teen wasn’t approaching the officer.

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