Tonight, Showtime is airing the documentary 16 Shots. The doc recounts the shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, and the cover-up that ensued. The documentary premieres Friday, June 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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’16 Shots’ Preview
Filmmaker Rick Rowley recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about why he chose to helm the documentary. “I was in Chicago filming another project several years ago, and I met [journalist] Jamie Kalven,” he recalled. “It was soon after the video [of McDonald’s killing] had been released, and he unwound for me the story of how this whole cover-up and all of the aftermath unfolded, and it was clear immediately that it was an incredible story.”
Rowley added that the message of 16 Shots is as timely as ever given the current state of race relations in America. “We’re in the middle of a national reckoning around race and justice, and it’s not just Chicago,” he explained. “It’s every major city in America. This case really cuts to the heart of all of that.”
Those interviewed for the documentary include Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx; former police Superintendent Garry McCarthy; former Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden; community activist William Calloway; shooting witnesses Xavier and Jose Torres and Alma Benitez; and WMAQ-Ch. 5 political editor Carol Marin.
The one interview that Rowley was unable to ascertain was Jason Van Dyke. He did, however, talk to Van Dyke’s attorney, Dan Herbert. “We obviously interviewed his lawyer multiple times, and we were talking to the people who were handling press for Van Dyke, and there was interest and it seemed like there was possibility in getting an interview after the trial happened,” he said. “But then once the sentencing happened, and it was clear they were no longer going to appeal the verdict, they were no longer interested in speaking.”
Rowley said that he hopes the documentary will help raise awareness for police violence. “Being able to see the whole sweep of this is an amazing thing that this case allows me to do. I just hope that when people, after watching this, when people read the next article in the police blotter in the back of the paper about a police shooting in Chicago, or anywhere else in this country, that they will take another second before they turn the page,” he remarked.