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Many Residents Outraged By Shooting Death Of Laquan McDonald, Ald. Osterman Organizes Edgewater Prayer/Discussion

chicago2The shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has angered many residents and put the city of Chicago on edge. During the incident, police officer Jason Van Dyke unloaded 16 bullets at McDonald in 15 seconds after only being on the scene for half a minute.

Allegedly, McDonald had a 3-inch knife on him and PCP in his system but he wasn’t within 10 feet of any of the officers at the time of the shooting. No other cop at the scene fired their weapons. On Tuesday, Van Dyke was officially charged with first-degree murder.

With the violent incident released in a video Wednesday, many people have expressed their feelings on the matter by marching in the streets. 48th Ward alderman Harry Osterman released a statement today saying, ” Last evening, like many of you, I was outraged and very disturbed as I watched the horrific images of the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a Chicago police officer. Laquan McDonald did not deserve to have his young life taken violently by an individual sworn to serve and protect him. His death, and the failure of our system to react promptly, impacts our entire city. It destroys trust between our residents and the police, and unfairly harms the reputation of many fine police officers who give so much to our community.” He added, “As a city, we must come together to address these issues and work to ensure the safety of every resident, and that a tragedy like this never occurs again.”

Ald. Osterman has put together a community prayer and discussion at 6:30 pm Monday November 30 at Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan Rd., to discuss this incident as well as issues surrounding public safety, race relations and policing in our neighborhood and throughout the City of Chicago. He will be joined by our neighbors, faith leaders and fellow 48th Ward elected leaders.

 


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