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WARNING: Graphic video released of officer charged with shooting, killing teen

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Chicago city leaders announced the video release of an officer-involved shooting that left a teenager dead, and the officer charged with his murder.

WARNING: Video contains graphic images.


In October of 2014, Officer Jason Van Dyke - a white police officer - shot and killed African-American teenager Laquan McDonald.

According to reports from the bond hearing, Van Dyke shot 16 rounds at McDonald in about 14 seconds, and was reloading when another officer told him to "hold his fire."

A prosecutor "moved up" the announcement of a first degree murder charge against the officer Tuesday afternoon, understanding the video would be released according to The Chicago Tribune.

Family members asked "for calm in Chicago," in a statement.

"Don't resort to violence in Laquan's name. Let his legacy be better than that."

In a press conference ahead of the video release, Supt. Garry McCarthy of the Chicago Police Department admitted, "we're here to talk about some bad news."

"People have the right to be angry... but they do not have the right to commit criminal acts," he said.

"We have some work to do."

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel echoed this sentiment, stating "this is the moment we can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding."


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