Chicago protesters came out by the hundreds tonight after video footage was released of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times. Protesters yelled “16 times! 16 times!” and blocked a busy Chicago intersection for hours.
Here are some videos from the protests.
Although the protests remained largely peaceful, there were some skirmishes here and there, as you can see in the above video.
McDonald was armed with a knife and was suspected in armed robbery. In about 30 seconds, he was shot 16 times. (You can watch the video of the shooting here.) Van Dyke’s partner did not shoot McDonald, who was 12 to 15 feet away. The officers didn’t provide medical aid to McDonald. On Tuesday, Van Dyke was arrested and charged with murder. The shooting was more than a year ago.
Protesters closed a major Chicago intersection at Roosevelt Road and Michigan Avenue in the South Loop, NBC News reported. The protesters remained peaceful as state and city police accompanied them. This video gives a better idea of the scope of the protest at the blocked intersection:
Along with this arial view:
So far, the protests have been peaceful, although three people were detained, WGN TV reported.