Peaceful Protests Occur After Video Released of Chicago Officer Shooting Teen 16 Times

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Chicago Police Department released dash cam footage of the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the video in its entirety lasts about six minutes shows Officer Jason Van Dyke discharging his weapon 16 times striking McDonald with each bullet.

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Community leaders have been demanding the video's release since October of 2014 when the incident took place. A judge ordered that the video be released as the shooting officer, Jason Van Dyke, is being held without bail on a first-degree murder charge.

Peaceful protests erupted throughout the city after the video was released Tuesday night.

McDonald's family has asked that all protests remain that way.

“No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful,” the statement said. “Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name, let his legacy be better than that.”

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