Last night hundreds of Chicagoans took to the streets to continue protesting the death of 17-year old Laquan McDonald at the hands of a local police officer. Citizens have been calling for justice since the October 2014 incident, however, dash cam video was recently released of officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald over 16 times and pushed collective emotions past their breaking point. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder, but that served as little consolation to a community that has lost faith in the system.
According to the Chicago Tribune, dozens of Black activists gathered at an art gallery to discuss the video and Fresco Steez of the Black Youth Project asked reporters to be aware of protesters’ “raw” feelings. They then took the streets chanting “16 times” in unison and shouted their demands.
At one particularly tense moment several protesters physically clashed with police, among them was Chicago MC Vic Mensa. There is video of the skirmish HERE and one protester captured Mensa speaking after the incident.
“We downtown Chicago right now. I just got hands put on me by police,” he says. “We want justice for Laquan and we want Justice for our people.”
According to The Tribune, only one arrest was made. Community activist, Malcolm London, who runs Chance The Rappers “Open Mic” events in Chicago was charged with a felony for allegedly punching an officer.