The Chicago police department has to abide by a judge’s order by giving up the footage that was contained on a squad car dashcam in the 2014 murder of 17-year old Laquan McDonald. The teen was shot a total of 16 times by an officer who reportedly continued to gun down the victim while already laying on the ground.
The holdup in releasing the video footage was apparently due to an ongoing federal grand jury probe in the case where numerous police union officials suggest that the officer shot the teenager in self-defense. The police claim that the teen possessed PCP within his system and was a danger to the officer’s safety while holding a 4-inch knife, which led to the officer reacting in firing off 16 fatal shots. Meanwhile, the McDonald family states that the teen was trying to walk away from the situation when his life was taken away.
The incident added more insult to injury as it occurred just a mere two months after the murder of Michael Brown that caused an uproar in Ferguson, Mo. The city of Chicago has already given the green light on a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family back in April.