Dashcam Footage Of Teen Shot 16 Times By Chicago Cop Charged With Murder Released (VIDEO)

Dashcam footage of a Chicago police officer killing a 17-year-old teen was released on Tuesday night, the same day the cop was charged with first-degree murder.

Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke who turned himself in to be booked on Tuesday morning. He is the first Chicago cop to be charged with first-degree murder in over 30 years.

WARNING EXTREMELY DISTURBING:

The shooting takes place around the 5:20 mark.

The city had announced that they would be releasing the dashcam footage on Wednesday, but it was released during a 4:30 PM news conference held by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

McDonald’s family had stated that they did not want the video released, but a freelance journalist had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain it. They released a statement regarding the footage saying:

“This is a difficult time for us. As we have said in the past, while we would prefer that the video not be released we understand that a court has ordered otherwise. . . “

McDonald was reportedly holding a knife, which he used to slash the tires of a police vehicle.

Van Dyke fired a “barrage of bullets” less than 30 seconds after arriving at the scene, and continued shooting as McDonald’s lifeless body was on the ground.

State Attorney Anita Alvarez stated at a press conference earlier in the day that this was not a proper use of force and that it was not justified. She stated:

“With these charges, we are bringing a full measure of justice that this demands.”

Her announcement came just one day before the deadline set by a judge after siding with a journalist who had filed a FOIA request for the video footage, taken from a police dash-cam.

“It is everything it has been described to be by the news accounts,” Alvarez said. “It is graphic, it is violent, it is chilling. I’ve been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years…to watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing.”

Fearing unrest over the disturbing footage, the family called for calm:

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

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