Every time footage of an officer shooting a black man or woman in America is released, we’re left with the same question: What about the Laquan Mc Donald tape?
In July, shocking body-cam footage led to the swift murder indictment of a University of Cincinnati police officer who shot Sam Du Bose in the head.
But in Chicago, where nine months have gone by since 17-year-old Mc Donald was fatally shot 16 times, dash-cam video remains hidden, and no officer has been charged.
Officials in Cincinnati, too, feared riots, and initially withheld video of a campus police officer shooting Dubose, a 43-year-old father, in the head at close range.
But prosecutors there ultimately decided to make it public, noting the footage was “invaluable” to their investigation and directly contradicted the initial account of the officer. Mc Donald’s death was first reported as a cop defending himself against a crazed, car-robbing teen.
The story was simple: on October 20, 2014, the teenager refused to drop his 4-inch folding knife and was shot dead by Chicago police on the city’s South Side.
Four months later, the autopsy was released and the story changed: Mc Donald was shot 16 times.
It’s unclear if we’ll see ever the Laquan Mc Donald video: the FBI is investigating the case and the city paid the Mc Donald family $5 million in a settlement in April.