Chicago Police Release Video of Laquan McDonald’s Killing; City Braces for Riots

Laquan McDonald

Chicago police released dash cam video showing a former Chicago police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager.

Officer Jason Van Dyke, 37, turned himself in on Tuesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He was charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last October.

A judge ordered Chicago police to release the damning dash cam video by Wednesday. The city had initially refused to release the video for over a year.

The video shows officers standing in the street while a young black male walks down the middle of the street. The youth falls and rolls over on one side after he is apparently shot. His body jerks as he is hit 16 times by rounds fired from a cop’s gun.

An officer is seen walking over to the body and kicking something out of the boy’s hand. Polcie say McDonald was carrying a small pocket knife.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference late Tuesday afternoon to plead for calm in advance of the video’s release. “Jason Van Dyke does not represent the police department,” he said.

But Chicago’s civic leaders scoffed at the mayor’s comments. They note that Officer Van Dyke was on desk duty for the past year.

Ministers also mocked the mayor for coming to them to ask for their help.

Laquan’s family asked the city to remain calm and to honor Laquan.

“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,” they said. “Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name. Let his legacy be better than that.”

The city of Chicago paid the family an out-of-court settlement of $5 million.

  • Too Many Colors

    I want and pray for peace in Chi man. Lord have mercy.

    City other than Baltimore that was not fit for a riot?

    Chicago. Hands down.

  • That’s Interesting

    Prayers going up for Laquan’s family and the city of Chicago. It’s like Bedlam. May justice for him be served on this earth. I hope the protesters don’t get shot at.

  • Handle your issues

    Lord if you live in Chicago shelter in place. Praying for his family. This has got to be awful for them.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Why are people say he was ward of the STATE?

    God Bless the family.

    16 forever. SAD

    Cried myself to sleep last night watching 3 1/2 10 bullets.

  • Canary Red™

    16x’s…smoke coming from that young mans body!!!! Lord have mercy!

    What initially happen that cop cars are around him while he is walking in the middle of the street supposedly holding or welding a knife? Does anyone know the story behind this cause the Internet is now flooded with this video.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    They shot him down like a rabid dog in the road. This cop is a sociopath. He doesn’t value human life. Even though the lives of black people are not valued in society, this is not about race. If cops could get away with shooting whites this easily, whites would get killed, too.

  • my view

    For the first time i actually agree with you Sandra

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    That’s not smoke, that’s the bullet impacting the asphalt.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    This is the very thing I’m talking about. Folks worrying about Syrians and our CHILDREN aren’t safe here in the United States, but I don’t have a heart. Man get out of here. This is crying shame, folks living in WAR torn Iraq, Syria….right in many US cities.

  • Auditor

    Why was he running down the middle of the street? Sh*t let all them cops roll up on me and see don’t I just sit my ass down with my hands up. I’m not gone be running down the middle of the street. And no I’m not condoning what the popos did…

  • Canary Red™

    SMH!!!!!

    Why was he in the middle of the street? 3 cop cars were there why did this ahole feel the need to shoot 16xs.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    peace to the people of chicago. i have to believe the powers that be strategically ok’d this video during the cold portion of the year to reduce the likelihood of riots. this is disgusting to see an execution style killing in the streets of a major us city.

  • abby500

    I rarely shed tears over media events. But Ms Sandra, I just whispered the same thing: He was shot down like a dog in the street.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    The national news media feasts on videos like this one. They have been pushing for race riots since Obama was elected.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    PETA and SPCA protects animals far better.

    SO DAMN SAD

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Gonna have to agree with you, and this kind of made me chuckle, cause that’s just how cold they are and think so little of us.

  • Auditor

    You saw how they did the “lion killer” man…

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    What Lion Killer man? The WHITE dentist. Forgotten distant memeory

  • Auditor

    Lol yup him…I’m saying they cared more about a damn lion than a human

  • abby500

    Yep. I live outside of Chicago and Black talk radio has been talking abt this tape since last month, before it hit the mass media.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Yeah that was my snark comeback, Yes, the Lion meant everything to them folks. It really didn’t but that wanted to put blacks in check. See we care about Africa. SHAMEFUL

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    This is over 1 year old, its been discussed, just not on CNN. Heard about it from someone that looks into these issues and also heard it on this station on Sirrus. I always forget to capture the number, that have great topics on this that aren’t national yet.

  • Kilroy

    16
    SIXTEEN
    SICKS TEEN
    BULLETS

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Good grief…I have no words.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    All I can say is Jesus! Lord I pray for peace and mercy for the family. How awful and disgusting. I pray he didn’t suffer… The terror, confusion, shock I pray was quickl replaced with love from God.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    A year old, and the family received $5 million. But CNN will replay this video until the cows come home.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    This is what pisses me the **** off. Someone should sue them (CNN). New media that run this videos should be FORCED to make a PSA about dirty cops, wonders how many black interns they have and actually hire. They making money off commercials showing and talking about this nonsense.

    5 million is NOTHING, sorry they took such a SMALL amount. Maybe they sue good for nothing man that shot him. He probably owns nothing anyways.

  • Too Many Colors

    This is an old notion with news outlets. It’s not a new phenomenon by far. CNN and other outlets are ingrained and pushed to do this. For clicks, readership, listenership and viewership. It’s TAUGHT in journalism schools.

    “The first verifiable use of the phrase “if it bleeds, it leads” was hosted by New York Magazine when they ran an article in 1989 titled “Grins, Gore, and Videotape – The Trouble with Local TV News” by journalist Eric Pooley. Pooley was angry about the quality of the stories being published locally and the sheer volume of stories who’s subject matter was grim and menacing. Pooley said “The thoughtful report is buried because sensational stories must launch the broadcast: If it bleeds, it leads.”

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Don Lemon if you take your hindpots to Chicago, don’t say no ignorant shiat. I’m tired of defending you. Borrow, Buy get you some act right.

  • 1/8

    They didn’t riot when officer Dante Servin shot Rekia Boyd, an innocent and unarmed black woman in the head; so, why would they riot over a dead dope-fiend who was armed with a knife?

  • Too Many Colors

    This is what they do. All the way back to BLACK publications that ran the pic of a beaten and tortured Emmitt Till. Also Chicago-based. Its not right. No. But sadly, it gets the people going. And in a way, maybe it’s needed. It can sometimes spark a whole entire revolution. ?

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Damm not again. Black me pleas be careful in the streets. It seems like black men are gonna have to use the buddy system or walk with two or more to go anywhere. Its so sad what things have come too

  • Too Many Colors

    I watched this twice. Not only arrest him, arrest the officers that did not say…hold your fire. They guilty too.

  • 1/8

    According to the media, the toxicology report indicates he was high on PCP.

  • AnonymousRose

    I cant click on it, I refuse to go to bed pist…… nope not gonna, i pretty much know the outcome, SICKING

  • Carla

    I just watched the kelly Thomas beating video and I couldn’t believe it . Those cops killed him and footage is disgusting …
    What’s wrong w cops?

  • stav

    I just can’t look, for fear of the rage, hurt,sadness,and hate this may conjure up. I’m praying!

  • Carla

    why do people take PCP? So stupid

  • Too Many Colors

    I dislike Don a lot. A whole lot. In black media circles (NABJ) him and his kind are a joke. He adds nothing to any serious black topic. That other hoe from Fox. All of em.

  • Carla

    Yes

  • Carla

    Get everyone fighting

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Yeah, I certainly agree with you, because many people would never know what going on in a 10 miles radius of there homes. They are engaged in any civic organization, don’t read, and lack general two FUGGS to give about mankind. But in 2015 give back to the source of your it’s bleeding.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    PS I fewls with you because of your journalist prowess…THHHHHRRRRRR (like a tiger)

  • Auditor

    O OK…cause it looked like 1. He wanted to die 2. He was high or 3. He was panicking

    I’d go with 1 or 2 cause nobody’s skipping down the street while panicking lol

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Well I tried and yeah he gone on…Glad his hair is growing back, guess his rash cleared up.

  • Nj2Atl07

    I didn’t want to watch the video..but I had to…and it hurt. The initial shot hurt, when he moved his hand, it hurt.. The smoke..it hurt. Him laying there dying while they stood around.. HURT!!! God bless his family and ALL our black babies…

    So tired of police lies and cover up…I didn’t see a lunge..I saw a head turn as to say “huh?” Then shots…I’m so tired…so tired..

  • Nj2Atl07

    What’s crazier is that a white dude had to SUE to get the footage released! Otherwise we (public) might never know what really happened..

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Going finish with the Turkey Brine, set Henry up in his bath and let him soak of the goodness for a couple of days.

    Ya’ll have a good one.

    Love Life and One another
    NITE

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Pcp or not, nobody deserves this!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Too Many Colors

    Brandon Smith. A WHITE REPORTER. For the Chicago Reader.

    Why I’m first one saying…don’t be so quick to tear down the what?

    News media.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    And witness tampering! And stealing video of Burger King!

    This coverup is terrible!!!

  • Too Many Colors

    Why I’m suing the Chicago Police Department
    by Brandon Smith Chicago Reader
    August 07, 2015

    On Wednesday, I filed suit against the Chicago Police Department because of its refusal to release the police car dashboard camera video that shows an officer fatally shooting Laquan McDonald on the city’s southwest side last fall. The 17-year-old was shot 16 times, according to an autopsy conducted by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Protest going on now.
    Shouting “You can’t stop the Revolution”
    At least 500 people. A couple of arrests.
    Peaceful protest thus far.

  • maleorderside

    He’s just mad cause he’s getting chunky.

  • 1/8

    You are too much! LOL!

  • imright

    terrible! heartbreaking! horrible! #LaquanMcDonald

  • Auditor

    What! I’m just saying…

    I believe alot of this stuff comes down to emotions. Black folks need to learn how to control 1. They mouth 2. Emotions. White folks know how to control theirs and could give two flying f*cks about most things on this Earth…

  • Auditor

    Nope not buying it…they’d profit handsomely off having the tape…AND they’d be the only ones to have it for a quick second…

  • Auditor

    Not surprising at all…didn’t they used to hang us in the town square for everyone to see? No different now…

  • Rolly

    What emotions? They’re hard wired to murder.

  • Auditor

    That’s what I’m saying…

  • Auditor

    You cannot be getting all emotion thinking they asses gone care. You have to be just as hard and cold as they ass to fight them.

    I learned this ish long time ago…

  • MsSincerity

    Excuse me, but white people go off on police all of the time, the difference is that they have the complexion for the protection.

  • Auditor

    Oh no I’m not disagreeing…but you have to remember…We’re all violent and scary…why put fuel on a fire? PLUS you playing with a group of people that do not have it all…why would you argue with a crazy person AND a person with a gun? It’s pointless…

  • M1AM1DADE

    No Lawyers? This could well be the mere results when ministers and civic leaders spearhead inquiries into a criminal investigation. Not to mention those spineless bloodsucking parasites at the city who intentionally violated the FOIA for over a year. Maybe every attempt to edit the footage didn’t make the cut. I wonder if the family actually viewed the tape of their love one being shot down like a bowling pin prior to being underhandedly low-balled into settling out of court for an insulting $5 million dollars.

  • Sexy CJ

    Chicago police released dash cam video showing a former Chicago police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black teenager; the video shows officers standing in the street while a young black male walks down the middle of the street. The youth falls and rolls over on one side after he is apparently shot. His body jerks as he is hit 16 times by rounds fired from a cop’s gun……

  • Too Many Colors

    City still owns the rights to the video. Its theirs. They still have the tape. Brandon doesn’t own the rights. He just sued for footage of the video to be released…made public.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    sad but true.

  • Sexy CJ

    A judge ordered Chicago police to release the damning dash cam video by Wednesday. The city had initially refused to release the video for over a year………

  • Auditor

    Oh OK…I thought his employer got the tape first. Cause yea if they did…there’s definitely money to be made.

  • http://www.fameolous.com Fameolous.com

    Hope they give him the death penalty!

  • Too Many Colors

    I just laugh-snorted my ass off at this. MY GOD.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Not watching but continued prayers for his family and may they receive every ounce of justice they deserve and more. Sickening

  • Auditor

    And nope I’m not victim blaming. I’m just saying most of these videos PEOPLE not even just BLACK people are doing weird stuff. That’s why I said it could be related to emotions. When you let your emotions take over you can’t think straight.

    Cause I’ll be damned if I talk ish to a cop, be skipping down the street with who knows how many cars are sitting there, etc etc unless I was all in my emotions. Cops are not playing with full deck of cards AND have guns. Don’t even GIVE them a reason to do anything…not saying it will work but most of these videos are suspect unarmed or not.

    First thing they’ll say is…this mf was crazy skipping down the street and all those cop cars sitting around. Hell cause I’m saying it…

  • Too Many Colors

    Nah. Brandon fighting for us. WITH us. He not playing either. Not all yts bad. He is one of the good ones.

    “It’s our responsibility as journalists to describe what’s really happening. Unvarnished. That’s not “objectivity” (a myth). Nearly opposite.

    Perfunctory language, clinical language—like in statements issued by police—ends up obscuring reality. Videos set the record straight.

    When policing is done in communities of color, it’s done much differently than in white communities. The data supports this unequivocally.

    It’s easy for people in responsibly-policed communities to think “that happens over there.” To not advocate for reform. Folks need a shake.

    These are our police. This is our government. We give them their power. And thus, they are ALL of our responsibility.”

    Brandon Smith.

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    Who let this developmentally delayed drag queen on the force?! This bish is clearly unfit for ‘duty’ ….I wouldn’t be surprised if he was given special consideration in order to make it into the ranks (I know it happens) :tea:

  • Too Many Colors

    The family didnt want the footage released. Said they aint watching it. Only thing I disagreed with the reporter on. If they didnt want it released…yes I KNOW it will help the overall cause…but if they didnt want it released he should have honored their wishes.

  • Carla

    Not always. Cops are hurting everyone. They are out of line.

  • Auditor

    Yes they are…there’s a whole website dedicated to the sick ish they do and they’re hitting every race, sex, age, they just don’t give a fck. I have no idea why Blacks stay in the news and no one else…but I’m sure we’ll find out sooner rather than later.

  • M1AM1DADE

    Just for clarification purposes, Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all records in the custody or possession of a public body are presumed to be open to inspection or copying. Law enforcement and city officials are no exception. Since Smith’s exhausted all of his administrative options and yet the city refused to release the information. The next step is court.
    FOIA requests by “recognizing the enduring beliefs underlying freedom of information laws: that an informed public is desirable, that access to information prevents governmental abuse and helps secure freedom, and that, ultimately, government must answer to its citizens.”
    Pansy v. Borough of Stroudsburg

  • Auditor

    Ok thanks for that…didn’t know FOIA applied to state, city, county…thought it only applied to the feds.

  • Sexy CJ

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a news conference late Tuesday afternoon to plead for calm in advance of the video’s release. “Jason Van Dyke does not represent the police department,” he said.

    But Chicago’s civic leaders scoffed at the mayor’s comments. They note that Officer Van Dyke was on desk duty for the past year………

  • Sexy CJ

    *****************

  • deee510

    Yes we as black people have to teach our youth to respect police.Yes sir/no sir.Get your ticket and sue their asses if they’re are wrong.Be more sophisticated.Don’t bring a knife to a gun fight. Walking away with your life is the most important thing.God bless our youth and their role models.

  • M1AM1DADE

    That what lawyers are for. But to no surprise that would be the response from someone who doesn’t know how the system works. The family can not stop the footage from being released. It’s public record.

  • Auditor

    This is what I said below…don’t even give them a reason. Might not work all the time but you can’t talk ish to a crazy person with a gun and a license to kill…

  • M1AM1DADE

    No problem.

  • Too Many Colors

    EXACTLY. Freedom of Information Act. Basis of what he sued and WON on.

  • understandingoverignorance

    Can we get a conviction first…No need for riots I think the past few cases that surrounded police officers or just people randomly killing Black men they were all found not guilty. So stop with the riots and go and do jury duty if Black in Chicago.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    In Delaware we have a cop that just was indicted and fired for excessive force on a black man. initially he was going to be placed on suspension and then desk duty. But a dash cam recording was “found” (first one destroyed). Sadly even though cops know they are recorded they still use excessive force. He was shown on video kicking the handcuffed unarmed black man while he was on the ground. Broke his jaw and knocked him unconscious. Sad . Gives good cops a bad name.

  • http://totallifechanges.com/PurTEA VanillaCaramel2shotsExpresso

    There are countless videos of women and men that are white spitting, hitting, biting, punching, scratching and threatening cops. It doesn’t make news because they are not shot down. It seems like there is a shoot-when-black and ask-questions-later policy.

  • SummerBaby

    RIP! So heartbreaking ? I can’t begin to understand their grief. This could be my kid. Chicago can’t take any riots. I hope we get justice in this case.

  • Auditor

    Read my other comments

  • Auditor

    Or riot in white folks neighborhood…why do it in your own?

  • Too Many Colors

    I know all about FOIA. Sunshine Laws etc. I’m former media. March 15th annually not just Selection Sunday or the ACC tournament.

    Kicks off Sunshine Week.

    We used to have to threaten lawsuits all the time to get state agencies to release records.

  • lenny

    No one is rioting but folks still are dying senselessly

  • lenny

    The media is all but begging folks to riot

  • lenny

    Tamir Rice murderer needs to be arrested

  • Too Many Colors

    I said that. Out of all the US major cities. ..not Chicago. You be safe man.

  • Hmmm~?

    It looked like he was carrying a knife to me. Why they shot him an additional 16 times after he was already down doesn’t make any sense. Are these officers aware that they’re supposed to avoid casualties? You’re only supposed to draw your gun in life threatening situations, and even then, you’re supposed to shoot to disable. The boy is literally down on the ground, and you decide to fill him with bullets? I really don’t understand.

  • kia

    I don’t always agree with you but you are absolutely correct!

  • kia

    Terrible!

  • Auditor

    Avoid casualties…says who and since when?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    “This is an old notion with news outlets. It’s not a new phenomenon by far.”
    ———-
    Do you mean national news outlets? My local news might show this video once – tonight only. Meanwhile, CNN will show the video 50-11 times in one hour. ThenCNN will mention how small the crowds of protesters are, and how there is no violence – yet. CNN knows what they’re doing. Bastids.

  • SummerBaby

    Thank you!

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    They charged the pig with murder after spending a year suppressing the numerous videos. It took a judges order to release it on Wednesday. If police unions actually got rid of slime like this, there’d be no need for payouts. The family wanted this murderer off the streets (literally policing them) and their drug addicted child still living. there’s still deleted video by police from burger king.

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    Your 75% whiteness shows in every comment. Still haven’t unlocked those comments coward.

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    They edited it so you can’t see the pig shoot repeatedly only the man getting shot.

  • Too Many Colors

    Oh. I said below…it for sure gets the people going. Mad. Riled up. Its for sure a tool in the overall ploy.

  • http://yeuphonic.com @yeuphonic

    Cops usually deal with people who are out of their minds. They are trained to do so. Killing people because they’re high, or breaking the law is illegal. Re-read that. So judging the victim and claiming you’d have complied doesn’t matter even in this case because the officer just starts shooting…no arrest attempted. Wake up child.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    No name calling.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    “Can we get a conviction first..”
    ———
    Now you’re asking for too much. You know he will not be convoked by a jury of his peers. *sarcasm*

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    With CNN leading the pack.

  • mzwhang90210

    Wow…so sad.

    I won’t say don’t riot.
    I will say….does no good to riot on your own neighborhoods. That’s what “they” want us to do. So they can say “See…they tear down their own neighborhoods.”

    RIP..no matter what he was or was not under the influence of…NOBODY deserves to be murdered in the middle of a lonely street.

  • Auditor

    Yes, they usually do deal with people who are out of their mind. Are they trained to do so…no…I’ve been reading articles on how they are getting police training on people that have serious issues because they are not trained to deal with that. And we don’t know if the officers just started shooting…that part of the tape is gone plus there’s no sound. For all we know they told him to stop, drop, and roll (I’m sure they didn’t but you get the picture). I’m not judging anyone…I’m saying that’s what I would have done and I know the man didn’t have it all because who’s skipping down the street and there’s cop cars all around them. And I’m awoke…the media keeps putting these same stories out here where in my opinion the individual is a tinsy bit at fault. He had a knife and was clearly out of his mind. They are not painting Black folks in a good light and we are not helping one bit.

  • mzwhang90210

    So that they can blame it on President Obama.

  • Auditor

    Well get more Blacks into these jobs. I told a Black man that if my ass wasn’t crippled I would have been a cop. He asked me why would I want to be part of an organization that kills your own people? I told him how in the hell are you supposed to change something you are not a part of? Until Black folks get their sh*t together…they can just keep on rioting and tearing their own sh*t up…

  • mzwhang90210

    I said this up top. Cops, etc. pay no attention to those less affluent neighborhoods anyway…they could care less if they’re burned down, looted or vandalized. In fact, I’d wager the ONLY time those neighborhoods even SEE cops…is when there’s a riot. Cops (as in 1 or 2.)
    Let a riot break out in the “good part” of town.
    Police would swarm in, escorted by the National Guard.

  • mzwhang90210

    :kiss:

  • mzwhang90210

    Hey shuga.
    Lemme find out you’re brining one of those Turkey’s in a Can.
    From the dollar store.
    *giggles in my hand*

  • Auditor

    Oh I agree…I’d do it stealth like though lol…rush in at one time and do some damage and disperse real quick. Don’t just go rushing in and let they ass see you plotting and planning.

    I do my best speeding in the rich neighborhood…no cop to be found for miles lol

  • mzwhang90210

    That officer looks slow-as-hail.
    One eye is bigger than the other…all those witchy- poo bumps on his nose. One ear sits back slightly further than the other.
    I wonder why he was on desk duty in the 1st place?

  • mzwhang90210

    Lolololol. This tickled me.

    I agree tho. Too bad that “we” don’t have secret organizations as subversive as I KNOW “they” do.

    And that’s all Imma say about that.

  • mzwhang90210

    Be safe Summer. You and yours!

  • mzwhang90210

    Why shoot once…let alone 16 times??? Why not just taze him?
    Oh…cuz he’s African American. Silly me.

  • mzwhang90210

    Avoid “Caucasian” casualties. Which they usually do.

  • morenYAHdelsur

    This is sick. To do that for sport?!

  • imright

    16 shots tho? smh

  • imright

    no audio?! ?? but wasnt even needed!!! unfortunately

  • just being me

    Why is it always the one cop that fears for his life when there are 10 other police around vs 1 guy with a 3 in knife you can barely see on the video 10 plus feet away from the officers ?? I am sure the young man was more afraid for his life then the cops with guns already pointing at him .. The part that really makes me mad is the fact this officer was given desk duty for a year before any charges were even filed but when the 2 black cops shot the 6 year old boy that was in the truck they didnt even know he was in they got arrested on the spot and are still in jail .. But its not racial I am sure ..

  • imright

    all facts ??????

  • mzwhang90210

    I hadn’t even heard of that story.

    Rekia Boyd, a 22-year-old woman, was fatally shot on March 21, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois, by Dante Servin, an off-duty Chicago police detective.

    Servin fired multiple shots from an unregistered 9mm semiautomatic firearm from his car, over his shoulder, into a crowd of people. One bullet hit Boyd’s friend, Antonio Cross, in the hand; another hit Boyd in the back of the head and killed her. Servin claimed that he mistook someone holding a cell phone to be armed with a handgun, and fired.

    In November 2013, Servin was charged with involuntary manslaughter, but was cleared of all charges on April 20, 2015, by Judge Dennis J. Porter in a rare directed verdict.

    Porter’s reasoning was that since the shooting was intentional, Servin could not be charged with recklessness. “It is intentional and the crime, if any there be, is first-degree murder,” said Porter in his ruling. It has been suggested that state prosecutor Anita Alvarez may have deliberately undercharged Servin, knowing that the charges would be dropped, in order to curry favor with the police department.

    Servin claimed he fired because someone in the group was holding a gun, but it was actually only a cellphone. Witnesses said that Servin appeared drunk at the time of the incident.

    Tragic. There were some riots tho. I’m surprised nobody protested that judge!

  • mzwhang90210

    Once he fell, that was IT.
    Once he was on the ground, he presented NO clear & present danger. To repeatedly fire at a prone and disabled alleged “aggressor” …you can’t make me understand that.

  • Noirluv45

    Respectability politics never works. We don’t have to do anything in order to give them a reason to shot to kill. You file charges against the police and expect an “internal investigation?” How do you think that’s going to turn out. Remember Oscar Grant. Remember Aiyana Stanley, the 7-year-old who was shot and killed while sleeping on her sofa. We need to stop blaming ourselves for the evils of bad police officers.

  • Noirluv45

    You don’t have to give them a reason. You guys need to understand that. The only reason they have is a Black face. That’s enough reason for them. We can’t afford to think respectability politics works. The blame does not lie with us many times, but the corrupt, evil police who stand by the blue code.

  • Noirluv45

    How is our “getting our shit together” going to solve police brutality? Did MLK have his shit together? Yes. What about Malcolm and Metger Evers? This is not about US, but about White supremacy and the fact that they want us dead! BTW, Whites riot way more than Blacks. Don’t care what Whites do? We should care what everyone does because we don’t live in a bubble. We are surrounded by drug addicts, criminals of all races, and all-around evil people. Black people need to stop being so self-loathing, blaming ourselves for what evil does. Enough already.

  • mzwhang90210

    I just read up about Aiyana Stanley Jones. RIP.

    I was shocked to read that Allison Howard, a videographer and photographer with A&E who was also present at the raid, was indicted on obstruction of justice and perjury in that case. Tried to alter evidence to make it look like the lil girls’ family was responsible for her death. Howard was only sentenced to two years of probation and fined $2,000.
    So the poor lil victim was murdered twice.
    SMH

  • Noirluv45

    I keep hearing the cry for “peaceful protests.” Is America peaceful when we protest other nation’s policies? Since when has America ever been peaceful? Since when has being peaceful helped us. They keep telling us to “keep calm” because they are afraid of a revolution. They fear that if we rise up, there’s going to be hell to pay. There are so many Black people running scared, worrying about what the White man’s going to think. The squeaky wheel gets the oil.

  • imright

    exactly!! 16 shots!! i cant wrap my head around it?

  • Auditor

    Ha true…to a certain extent…the poor white trash they could care less about. There’s a whole website showcasing their dirty deeds and they’re targeting EVERYBODY…no matter your age, sex, race. Sh*t will have you wishing Jesus comes back sooner rather than later…

  • Noirluv45

    SMH. Thank you for that update, mzwhang because I didn’t know this had taken place. My heart aches and burns with anger over evil. You are so right; that baby was murdered twice. SMH.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Every night I come prowling looking for Whang. You have my information, don’t be disappering. Mauh.

    Then Audit doing disappering flash mob riots. Unfortunately this is not a good well thought out plan. Ohhh that made me chuckle. Like where we gonna dissappear to…..lmao

  • Auditor

    I agree…BUT ALOT of the cases they keep flashing in the news, the people were clearly either mental or doing something wrong. I would never say those people should have died as we all know white folks would never get the same treatment BUT we ain’t white SO…My only answer is what if he wasn’t on drugs, didn’t have a knife, and wasn’t prancing around in the street? What could have happened? Can we get cases flashing in the news where people are not clearly mental or doing wrong? No we never will because they want to make us look bad…they will keep saying o they did this…this is why they’re dead. Good example is the Sandra Bland case…white mf blamed her for her death. BUT like I said before…if she hadn’t mouthed off…would she still be alive? For this case they’ll say oh he was on drugs with a knife who knows what he could have done…I feared for my life…with 16 bullets…gtfoh

  • Auditor

    In the ground! Lol I dunno…

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Hollers….let’s do it!

  • Auditor

    If you are the police, doctors, lawyers, politicians, etc etc then nobody can tell you anything. Ask other races what it feels like to “have their shit together”. I shouldn’t have to go to a white dr or asian dr because there are no Black drs and so on and so on…

    Nope Black kids too busy trying to be a basketball player and is only 5’2″ or a rap artist that talks about b*tches and h*es…

  • Noirluv45

    You really think other races have their shit together? I suggest you think again or at least open your eyes! There are Whites using drugs at exorbitant levels. The crime rate for murder is higher than that of Blacks. Child abuse is raging in White communities. How do I know? Because I used to be a CASA and dealt with the dredges of the White community. I’m also old enough to have been exposed to some amazing Black people. Your generalizations show me that you have no idea of what Blacks around the country are doing because if one bases the status of our community by what the Jews show the world, then those people who buy into the negativity are short-sighted and ignorant. I don’t need to be a doctor, lawyer, politician or Indian chief to see that the world needs to get their shit together. Black people are just find, thank you very much. Maybe if you broadened your horizons a bit more, you’d see that. Maybe you need to venture out of your community if you don’t see enough examples of good, solid, professional, Blacks who own businesses, have wonderful in-tact two-parent homes and are raising beyond average kids. If you only see those kinds of Black kids, then what are YOU doing to broaden their scope? Instead of criticizing them, show them a different way, but you can’t with your narrow-minded attitude.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You mean like yes massa. Typical talk from people like you.

  • Noirluv45

    There are many cases where we aren’t doing anything wrong. The narrative, like you stated, always wants the public to believe we’ve done something to deserve their wrath, and people, because they are sheep and because the media knows how to play mind games, people believe what they hear. Regarding Sandra Bland, since when did mouthing off deserve a death sentence. I don’t care if she was Jeffrey Dahmer, she did not deserve to die. They will use any excuse they can to kill us, and the sad part is that we buy into the victim-blaming game. I’m not saying that some Black criminals don’t give a reason for their demise, but many don’t as see in recent videos.

  • Genia W-m

    Whatever happened to a sharpshooter shooting a knife out of someone’s hand? 16 times?!!! Good heavens!!
    Its pretty bad when the nation holds its breath for yet another inner city to erupt. What does that say about the communities? No one ever says this about a rural Black area.
    Chicago routinely has peaceful protests after many killings, especially for the children. However, it never gets out of control. If it does this time the people doing it are only causing trouble or came there to tear up the city like they did Ferguson. Look at Ferguson one year later. The Black businesses are either gone or struggling to survive!!! What did any of that resolve? Absolutely nothing! Folks tearing up these cities are no better than the white people who destroyed Black Wallstreet.

  • Auditor

    Yup I do think other races do…like I said before it’s a sad state of affairs when I can’t go to a Black doctor, dentist, lawyer, etc etc because there aren’t that many out there. I didn’t generalize anything I’m speaking facts and I’ve lived all over the country and I see the same exact thing…no aspirations to be something great. Not just a security guard, hair stylist, medical assistant…oh personal trainer is a good one too…

    I know the ins and out of the system too (to a certain extent) as my grandmother was a foster care mother and my mother worked for the prison system and I’ve heard all the stories.

    When I go to professional conferences…I shouldn’t be one of a handful of Blacks or hell the only one!

    Nothing I said has anything to do with anyone else. If you want to build something great you need to be something great. Especially something where change can be made…

    And I’ll be honest…I’m not doing anything at the moment to help because I’m too busy getting my career where I want it to be. So I can be an example for those less fortunate than me. Trust I will and WANT to give back…I just don’t have the time or commitment right now.

  • Auditor

    My next question is…why are WE the only ones shining in the news? There’s a web site that shows ALL police brutality and they’re getting everyone no matter your race, sex, age. Why is that sh*t never shown? I guess we’ll find out one day…

  • Auditor

    Well then…when the guns gonna start blazing? Either you’re going to be passive or not…

  • Auditor

    Oh I’ll change “shit together” and say better off…Wang can go to Chinatown to do his business…where do I go? To the bank, grocery, beauty supply, dentist, doctor, lawyer, accountant…owned by THEM…

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Well I hope they throw da book at him Smh ??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I agree !

  • Auditor

    Well let me ask you…if some grown ass mf was yelling and cussing at you what would you do? You actually might be a “bigger person” and ignore them OR you might pop them upside the head. The police are human too and deal with this sh*t day in and day out…they get tired. Sure doesn’t help that they are scared of us either. I’m not making excuses for the police’s actions I’m just saying in certain situations a mouth needs to be CLOSED. Kicking and screaming (showing emotion like I said below) is not the way to go. Why would you want to do that with a person who most likely has a mental illness and has a gun inches away from your face anyway?

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You seem like a nutjob good day.

  • Luvn_it

    Chicago Tribune.com or DailyHerald.com I prefer the Tribune myself personally been reading it for years.

  • Luvn_it

    I want to know why the police deleted the Burger King Security cameras after being showed to by the manager. What were on those tapes that needed to be erased by them???

  • Luvn_it

    The first cops on the scene felt no need to use force at least that’s what they told states attorney Anita Alveraz. So why when he show up did he feel the need to? Was no ones life in danger until he came on the scene? If that was the case he probably should’ve stayed away from the situation.

  • Luvn_it

    Yeah I been curious for awhile about why they deleted the BK footage? A family member told me it was b/c it would prove they were lying about him breaking into cars and stealing stereo,but idk.

  • Luvn_it

    It won’t happen Illinois doesn’t have the death penalty.

  • Franz Gans

    Pants up!
    Don’t loot!

  • Franz Gans

    Probably because lions don’t kill that many humans like gangsters.

  • Franz Gans

    Or the good sense to not act stupid

  • Pebbles

    Reports states that he did have a knife and it appears he has a knife in his right hand. I wanted to get that out of the way to state that this is no excuse for this disturbing act. This is murder! I think they shot him like 16 times. Disgusting!

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Good Morning you up under the cover sleep, so JELLISH.

    Brining Turkey in a CAN DEAD

    Girl I’m a MS.Cookin don’t you know, folks drive hours to come my dishes, wish you here. BIRD GONNA BE OUT OF SIGHT

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    I’m with ya here… Taking a band aid off a wound

  • Meme81

    I bet if they tested them, a large percentage of the police force would be short bus material. No normal person straps on a gun and runs into danger every day if they don’t have ulterior motives.

  • Tammie Reed

    Prayers to all the victims, this world is so sad but it is written! Pray for all in these times!

  • Rachel

    It’s gonna get worse if that bigot trump gets elected.

  • Di Ana

    Why? What was the police called for in the first place?

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    ???

  • Canary Red™

    Thank you Luvn- I will check it out. I used to subscribe to that years ago…

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    They were rioting downtown and at police station. Right where they need to be IMB. Stay downtown and be seen & heard. That’s where folks shop. That’s where parade will be ???

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Morning Yall, I can’t express what I feel right now…

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    5 million isn’t SHYYYYT for my sons life fuk a 5..they couldn’t pay me enough to heal my broken heart.

  • deee510

    People like me??lol I a mom who wants my kids to live to a ripe old age. It ain’t about massa (as you say) It’s about walking away with your life.You will not win a fight with police.smh

  • Just Keya

    See…this was a cover up, not only by the police department, but by the district attorney’s office. And 5 million was not enough. smdh. But what price can you put on your dead son? smdh. RIP young man.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Mernin….

  • Auditor

    Either that’s a lie or he was looking for blood that night and said fck it…

  • Auditor

    Lol guess you are too then since you won’t give respect to a person that has a gun in your face and a right to kill you.

  • Auditor

    Yes…good question to ask. But I’m guessing cause he was running down the street with a knife in his hand.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    You know you lazy as hell when you send me an email to print your email smfh …… chile Lord Fixit

  • Auditor

    Hell tazers are just as deadily. I watched them taze a lil white girl over some bullshit*t…now she retarded.

  • SpillyNillie

    They/He continued to shoot that poor boy while he was down like a rabbit ass dog. But yet ALL lives matter. I cant today! I’m going back to these Thanksgiving memes. Ya’ll have a Blessed and Safe Thanksgiving!

  • Auditor

    They are…and a lot of them have mental issues. I read about one that barely passed the GED test. I don’t know if you’ve ever looked at the GED test but it’s no more than 4th grade material at the most.

  • Luvn_it

    Well it wasn’t directly put out that this officer had had 18 complaints filed against him over the years. Some doing with using unnecessary force and racist language. He should’ve been gone. To empty a whole clip into someone and then start to reload before your partner tells you to stop so they can check the suspect. Yeah I think its save to say he was out for blood

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Lol

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    You too.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    That would not soothe my spirit. I’d probably need it for bail.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Mernin

  • Milani

    sounds like my boss. she emails me to come to her office to scan a document for her….and her office is directly across from mine, smh.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Lazy azz if it’s a word document convert that shyt to pdf ugh ?

  • deee510

    Yes the Oscar Grant situation happened in my home town.It’s horrible.I’m talking about this video.It’s a shame what this cop did.But we have to be smarter wi

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    merntine

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile these folks make me sick got me doing this mediocre shyt… It’s insulting

  • Michelle

    Exactly. And that’s why they came up with BLM because when white people get killed they go to prison or worse. When black people are killed, its justified, hidden, covered up for as long as they can get away with it.

  • iWasteTime

    There was a man walking down the street with a knife allegedly trying to break into cars.

  • Yoni

    *gasps* Don’t say retarded. :facepalm: #withachuckle Almighty forgive me.

    But did she die??? ~Chow

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    In an (an ONLY in an) Aggressive or life threatening take down police are TRAINED to use what is called the double tap. TWO SHOT period either head heart or liver..sounds terrible but truth. The death was sensless from the start but what Im getting at this was pure unadulterated police aggression, over kill. In a weapons shown to be a lessor threat ie knife, fork spoon(trust it has happened) bottle, it is trained to disable the suspect from a distance, lower leg, thigh poses danger and bleed out but can be done as well. Never in any books does it say to empty the gun..

  • Yoni

    They better NOT tear the city up. When will ppl learn that tearing up their city (and marching) isn’t the way to go.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Hopefully they will honor the families wishes

  • Genia Gouch

    Did anyone see between 0:55 and 0:57…was that his last breath? May he rest in love. My heart to his family and loved ones

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    I think what would scare them MORE than a city riot, is the coming together of the community in a we are fed up silient march. They expect us to be savage. If the community pulls a we done talking and screaming, we are about to do damage the right way..They would be more afraid. AND if we can stick to the script and not allow the message to be watered down or distracted from…right now BLACK LIVES MATTER!

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    I can’t even watch the video.. I don’t need anymore sadness in my life right now..

  • Genia Gouch

    noooooooooooooooooooooooooo lol!!! that is funny!!!

  • Genia Gouch

    omg…i thought it was just my people…

  • Yoni

    I was watching TV last night, Charlie Brown was on. Judge. But I noticed in ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL the bazillion of years that Cops has been on, how many people did they actually kill? Granted I know it’s “scripted” (in a sense), but damn, nobody really died at the hands of the cops. I just had to put that out there.

    Now back to Charlie Brown. Yall know that watching cartoons as an adult vs. when I was a kid is soooooooooooo much more clearer now. Did yall even realize that Peppermint Patti was a lesbian? And Marci was her bottom bish? Or that they never had parents, but they had grandparents (Charlie Brown and his squad went to his G-ma’s for Thanksgiving dinner last night). Then I watched a “This is America Charlie Brown” after the Thanksgiving one. About the voyage to America and I kept thinking, they talking about Christopher Columbus and this “discovery” and “thanksgiving” and how the boat was cramped and the conditions were foul, but folks ain’t thought about how it was for the slaves. Or did and just put a white face on it. IJS

    I know I just rambled and this might go into moderation. But yeah.

  • Yoni

    Prayerfully.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    :)

  • lil goodie

    You was watching you Damn hard…lol…wazu smokin?????

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    That’s just lazy … jeez

  • iWasteTime

    How fat was the L!!
    You broke Charlie down to the white meat !
    bwhahahahaah

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    You ain’t get enough sleep huh.

    Good Morning.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    I’m not watching this. Just senseless smh

  • Yoni

    I don’t smoke and there is ALWAYS some truth in jest. Watch the cartoons and see all the sexual and racial innuendos they try to slide in there. Don’t miss the message by watching the MESS.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Enjoy Life and Family and Pray

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    HA, Print this for me.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Ha, I did that when I had a YT admin.

    Blows on nails, got a sista now, she be like I’mma do it, but you tripping.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Waste, hey Hun

    You motivated me last night. I cooked my two pans of cornbread, made my brine and put Henry down in his bath.

    Took all my meats out of freezer in to fridge. I’m get me some rest and take pics….

  • harley_quinn2.0

    Am I the only one working today ??

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    lmao !!!!

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    NO, I’ve been here since 6am

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Nah me and my little one here in the office

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Now there’s are many sexual undertones in cartoons

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    So you actually got there at 6….. cut yo mess . bawhahahahaha j/k

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Girl I did, am I so tired. I was up at 450am….Had to pack a bag cause and put it in car, cause hubby be like you got 50 bags. So tired I wanna fight the air.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Ahhh that’s nice.

  • iWasteTime

    New post

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    GOOD

  • harley_quinn2.0

    We leave early today but it ain’t early enough for my liking.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    6am? That’s the time I normally get out of my bed lol

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Yeah, 6 to 2

  • Too Many Colors

    I had a bish like this once. They had this convoluted routing system that had to be picked up and delivered etc to people. If she had something urgent she would be like walk this down the hall. Her door was right BY the hallway. Bypass the copier and be like can you make me 15 copies of this?

  • Mstudammuch

    NOPE :(

  • Yoni

    …..and I didn’t even get down to the bone marrow of it. TUH. LOL Yall will not watch cartoons the same, fuggin with me. LOL

  • Yoni

    Morning. I THINK I went to bed at a decent time. I ate some good ass TURKEY chili cheese (phony) coney’s last night for dinner and it was a WRAP! You hear me?

  • Yoni

    Nope. I’m a warm body in the seat, but I’m emailing frans and famalee, dry beggin’, askin what they cookin and where they goin, buying hair, paying bills and looking at shoes. LOL So no, I’m workin’……..burlee.

  • Yoni

    I saw at least TWO shots richochet off the ground. I know that much.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Hallelujah

  • Power*Pup*

    i just hope the justice system won’t again fail us. This man needs to answer for his crimes, but if he gets an all white jury, i don’t think he will be convicted.

  • Noirluv45

    Yes, the Oscar Grant situation was horrible. I know it really hit home to those of you right there in the town. That incident will be just another collective stain on the police brutality and injustice when it comes to Black people. I think that’s where we need to focus our attention. It’s not about us. Yes, there are some who break the law and behave unseemly, but unless a person posses a direct threat to an officer, there is no reason to use deadly force.

  • Genia Gouch

    dayum! smh

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I felt as a kid Peppermint Patty was a little “mannish” as g-gma Freebush would say and kept wondering if Marci was her “fran” because she followed her everywhere and catered to her every whim.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I agree sis.

    Anyone seen @Brendan?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I agree, however, in most instances that I have seen or read this tactic appears to be biased towards different groups.

  • deee510

    I agree sweetheart.God bless.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I think was added insult was the attempt to reload.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Laziness, power-tripping, or an extra large combo?

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    TELL’EM JEN NAY! TELL’EM HOW YOU REALLY FEEL!

    @Chits said say it from your chest…boo. BOL

    Oh dayum. I’m sorry. ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I think under these circumstances 5mil was the bargain price. They offered that quick. I believe had a jury seen that…smh.

  • Yoni

    Well ggma Freebush knows. LOL

  • Lolalao

    They called asking for funds..nope. I said not until everyone is detained in the same manner. ..they never called back.

  • Lolalao

    Wait..what? They’re taught how to detain ppl. If a basic security guard at hospitals are educated.. Cops aren’t? Why are cops bringing in patients with mental health issues to hospitals? They know how to detain them! They know the proper protocol.

  • Lolalao

    Exactly

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    oh no doubt. it is an unwritten that blacks are always underlying aggressors so they are never given the soft touch..

  • Lolalao

    That gives him the right to die? What if he had mental health issues? Take him to a hospital.. There’s a such thing as a code silver..I’ve seen crazy as hell. We knew the protocol. What about ppl working at state and private psychiatric hospitals? They know how to practice proper protocol but cops don’t? What does that really say?

  • Noirluv45

    You too, and if you celebrate, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Miany

    girl…dont waste your breath…THE WHOLE WORLD knows why black lives matter is important…they just choose to ignore it because part of oppression is not wanting to ruffle the oppressors feathers…

  • Miany

    ALL the cops needed to do was tase him…..
    they tase sober black men all the time…. they tase high yt men all the time…but a high black man??? lets shoot him and shooot the heyull out the corpse for GOOD MEASURE….ALL THEY AZZEZ need to get fired…every last responder on THAT scene before the shots were fired should get fired cuz they ALLL LIED

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Sorry I disagree. Unlike Obama, Trump is a businessman who knows how to balance a budget. Obama has done nothing for black people, unless you’re gay or Muslim.

  • Auditor

    Crazy…

  • Auditor

    Well if that’s the case…I guess the entire white race should be gone…they’ve killed the entire Earth. Everything they touch they destroy…

  • Auditor

    Naw but been many of people that have…and hell the way her life setup right now…might as well be…

  • Auditor

    No they don’t…and it says ALOT. I’ve called 911 quite a few times in my life for an AMBULANCE ONLY. Who do you think showed up too? This was in different cities too so I’m not generalizing.

    And nope never said it gave them the right to kill him. A situation should be descalated as much as possible.

  • Yoni

    STOP!

  • kia

    Who’s rioting?? I live in Chicago and I participated in the protest of Dante Servin getting off with murder.

  • kia

    The judge is an elected official. He cannot be fired. We are protesting the elected official, Anita Alverez, whom charged him the wrong way. And also Garry McCarthy the police chief.

  • 1/8

    Water your own garden, sweetie. ?

  • 1/8

    I live in Chicago and somehow I missed the riots over what happened to her. That story was heartbreaking.

  • Auditor

    Hot mess