TOPIC: Chicago charges officer in black teens death
Chicago charges officer in black teens death
24 Nov 2015 21:00 #8646
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In recent news there has been a release of a video of 17-year old Laquan McDonald being shot and killed by a police officer last year. The video captured by the police squad car was released under orders from a judge after Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder this Tuesday. This is huge since "intense interest from the media and public, the police department website where the footage was posted became overwhelmed and initially crashed" since there have been overwhelming cases of police brutality over people of color. The police officer shot McDonald just seconds of arriving at the scene and shot him to the point of emptying his gun as told by the prosecutor which is excessive. Van Dyke "justified" this by saying he felt threatened as shown by the clip McDonald was walking away from the officers which put him in no apparent danger.
Through these clips being displayed in the media the police departments have no choice but to take action against these injustices that happen. In the article, it states that the officer in question has 20 misconduct complaints made against him within the past 4 1/2 years .Despite this the police department made no action to further investigate displaying he already displayed a pattern of abusing his authority. Until recently, where he was tried in court and could potentially go to prison for 20 years after this video. The media displaying these clips and providing information of incidents of police brutality can help to make citizens try to be more involved in helping change this system.