Protests Erupt in Chicago After Video of Laquan McDonald Being Shot by Police is Released

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Here again is another punk ignoring police, who was high on drugs and brandishing a knife. Could maybe they have tasered him? Possibly. But how sure was the police that he didn’t have a gun? Chicago is the gun crime capital.

Police put their lives on the line. I’m not about to ask them to take their time and make sure they don’t kill thugs who might kill them.

The video is disturbing and no I don’t like that he was killed, but I’m not about to charge the officer with murder when basically this was a suicide by a cop.

Check it out:

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The city of Chicago was on edge Tuesday evening as the Chicago Police Department prepared to release a video of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke in October last year. The teen was black, the officer white.

The video was recorded by a dashboard camera in the officer’s squad car. City officials had resisted releasing it, fearful that it could lead to violent protest and rioting in the context of “Black Lives Matter” protests elsewhere throughout the country.

A Cook County judge ruled last week that the video had to be released by the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. In response, the Chicago Police Department “has ordered most of its force into uniform and warned them of potentially longer hours and canceled days off,” the Chicago Tribune reports. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez moved up a decision to charge the officer with first-degree murder–the first such charge of a uniformed officer in the city’s history–a decision authorities may hope will head off some public outrage.

Van Dyke’s attorney reportedly says he is innocent. McDonald was allegedly armed with a knife.

“Jason Van Dyke does not represent the Police Department,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told a press conference on Tuesday evening. He urged citizens to remain peaceful, even if their protests were passionate. He urged citizens to “rise to the moment” and turn a moment of potential division into a moment of healing.

“This episode can be a moment of understanding and learning,” he said.

Continue reading: Breitbart

When do we start teaching respect? You’ll be hard pressed to find an incident of supposed police brutality where if the suspect would have just cooperated, things wouldn’t have escalated.

It is beyond time for police to get the respect they deserve. Our liberal society is teaching kids that they are entitled to something that they haven’t earned.

I for one, am tired of it and will give the police the benefit of the doubt until evidence says otherwise.

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Jay Taylor is Senior Vice President of Political Strategy at Liberty Alliance and a graduate of West Virginia University with an MBA and Computer Engineering degrees. Jay oversees the popular websites Conservative Byte and Patriot Update.

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