Hundreds Gather in Chicago to Demand Police Accountability

Photo: Abel Uribe - Chicago Tribune

Photo: Abel Uribe - Chicago Tribune

Hundreds of protestors crowded Michigan Avenue, the commercial center of Chicago, during the busiest shopping time of the year on Friday.

The protestors had gathered to demand more accountability from the Chicago Police Department and elected officials in the wake of the controversial police shooting of 17-year old Laquan McDonald in 2014. 

Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder just hours before a judge ordered the release of dash-cam footage of the McDonald shooting. Van Dyke is seen shooting McDonald sixteen times in the video and many have questioned why it took over one-year to charge the officer.

The protests remained largely peaceful and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel praised police for their professionalism. 

"We can bolster and respect the voices of the passionate and peaceful protesters, and recognize how important it is for us to move forward together toward solutions," Mayor Emanuel said.

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