Chicago mayor calls for calm as police release video of officer shooting teen


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Chicago (CNN) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel is asking the people of Chicago to come together and work for peace as protesters take to city streets.

Police released dash-cam video Tuesday showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was killed by an officer in October 2014.

“I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding. I understand that the people will be upset and will want to protest when they see this video,” Emanuel said. “We as a city must rise to this moment.”

Chicago has been preparing for protests in advance of the video’s release, which was ordered by a judge to happen no later than Wednesday.

McDonald was a black teenager. The officer who shot him, Jason Van Dyke, is white.

He was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in McDonald’s death and is being held without bond.

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy acknowledged that residents “have a right to be angry.”

Soon after the video’s release, a group of protesters began marching, chanting “16 shots” and “We got to fight back!” McDonald died after being shot 16 times.

The NAACP said that McDonald’s family and the community deserve action.

“People have a right to be angry, people have a right to protest, people have a right to free speech,” McCarthy said. “But they do not have a right to commit criminal acts.”

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