On Tuesday night, graphic video of the Chicago police shooting of Laquan McDonald was made public. Outraged observers are already calling it yet another brutal incidence of police violence.
Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Van Dyke has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, and earlier on Tuesday he was indicted on a charge of first-degree murder.
In the police dashcam video, dated October 20, 2014, McDonald is seen walking down the middle of a street with officers both behind and beside him.
Shortly after, bullets ring out. An autopsy report later revealed that McDonald was shot 16 times.
Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez explained the indictment at a news conference on Tuesday, saying, "To watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing and I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all Chicagoans."
As Mic reported earlier on Tuesday, the city of Chicago has already reached a $5 million settlement with McDonald's family. "Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law, and to provide safety to our residents," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement last week, according to the New York Times. "In this case, unfortunately, it appears an officer violated that trust at every level."
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Last week, a Cook County judge ordered the footage be released publicly no later than Wednesday. Law enforcement in the city opposed the video's release, fearing that it would spark outrage. Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer to be charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty incident in 35 years, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Already, protesters have gathered in Chicago.
Onward down Roosevelt #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/2DvQTcj9JA
Mic's Max Plenke reported demonstrators were marching down Chicago's Michigan Ave., one of the city's major thoroughfares, chanting "we shut shit down."
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Other social media posts from the scene showed demonstrators confronted with a heavy police presence.
Stopped at State and 11th. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/3STZwpieH9
Protesters line up, arm in arm, at the corner of East Balbo and Michigan Avenue in Chicago. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/vY52jKSJ5Z
Watch Live: Protesters march in Chicago after #LaquanMcDonald shooting video is released http://www.cbsnews.com/live/ pic.twitter.com/8zapiicnQB
A view from behind the march downtown. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/Z4GByB3Yco
Near State and 16th. #LaquanMcDonald pic.twitter.com/lsfhFTTCsV
This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.