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Chicago mayor: It’s up to the justice system to hold Officer Jason Van Dyke accountable

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CHICAGO -- Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it's up to the justice system to hold Officer Jason Van Dyke accountable.

Emanuel released a statement Tuesday after Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was shot 16 times.

Emanuel's statement says Van Dyke's "actions violated ... the moral standards that bind our community together." The mayor says the officer's actions "are in no way a reflection of the dedication and professionalism that our police officers exemplify every day and that our residents expect throughout our city."

Jason Van Dyke

Jason Van Dyke

The Chicago Police Department released the dash cam video of this 2014 incident on YouTube Tuesday evening. IMPORTANT: The video is graphic -- viewer discretion is strongly advised. CLICK HERE to view the video.

The officials spent the first several minutes of a news conference early Tuesday evening to ask residents to be peaceful in their protests and to lay out plans for policing the city should demonstrations escalate.

Meanwhile,  the family of McDonald is calling for calm.

Lawyers issued a statement Tuesday on behalf of Laquan McDonald's family. It came hours after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in the death of the teen, who was shot 16 times.

The statement says, "No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful." It adds, "Don't resort to violence in Laquan's name."

City officials and community leaders have been bracing for its release, fearing an outbreak of unrest and demonstrations.

7 comments

  • Opinion8d

    Clearly don’t have the whole story, but the benefit of the doubt goes to the police office. No knife, no death. Funny how Obama blames Russia for causing their plane to be shot down by crossing into Turkey, yet can’t place any blame on a thug for not listening to the police!

    • Jacob

      Oh boy here we go! Giving the police officer the benefit of the doubt huh? Have you seen the video?! HE DID NOT lunge at the officer. The officer shot him 16 times. Most of when he was on the ground. STHU

      These are DEEP systemic issues! Time for reform!

  • Truth

    GREAT TIMING RAHM, release the video BEFORE Thanksgiving to scare the WHITES and hurt the economy because they’re too scared of blackie

  • Truth

    Barry- Hey Rahm, release the video from a year ago to the public on the 24th BEFORE thanksgiving, that way all the blacks can scare whitey from shopping and hurt the economy more.
    Rahm- Yes sir, did you check with your partner Michael?
    Barry- Yeah, he said perfect.
    WOW, who’s behind all the timing of this video coming out? It fits right into the old KGB way of things:
    Destabilize, Demoralize, Crisis, Normalization
    It’s SO easy to see if you’re awake. That video was shelved for a year. Timing is everything. keep sleeping people and fight amongst yourselves while martial law moves in to control society.

  • TRUTH

    Barry- Hey Rahm, release the video from a year ago to the public on the 24th BEFORE thanksgiving, that way all the blacks can scare whitey from shopping and hurt the economy more.
    Rahm- Yes sir, did you check with your partner Michael?
    Barry- Yeah, he said perfect.
    WOW, who’s behind all the timing of this video coming out? It fits right into the old KGB way of things:
    Destabilize, Demoralize, Crisis, Normalization
    It’s SO easy to see if you’re awake. That video was shelved for a year. Timing is everything. keep sleeping people and fight amongst yourselves while martial law moves in to control society.

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