Tonight the Chicago Police Department was ordered to release the dash cam video of Laquan McDonald’s death tonight but it might be better not to watch the video of the shooting. The video shows McDonald carrying a small knife and walking away from the officers when they open fire. Laquan was shot 16 times, according to an autopsy, and had PCP in his blood, according to NBC Chicago News. The video was pronounced “disturbing” hours before its release at a press conference held by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.
A lot of controversy surrounding the video is due its graphic nature and the fact that it took the police department over a year to release it. Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez called the video footage "chilling” and after its release the Internet was feeling the same way. Attorneys for the McDonald family reported that Laquan’s mother was “not looking forward” to the release of the video. This summer, authorities noted that there was no audio in the video of McDonald’s shooting, but now that the video has been released, it looks like the audio might have been modified. In tonight’s press conference, Superintendent McCarthy spoke to the lack of sound and the regulation of dash cams. He said:
There was no audio with the tape I saw...I don’t think audio does exist... Sometimes we have technical difficulties….Sometimes officers need to be disciplined when they don’t turn it on.
But according to reports around the Internet it’s better not to watch the full video.
Because It's Graphic (And We've Been Here Before)
Don't ask me if I've watched the Laquan Mcdonald video. I haven't and I won't. I don't need to watch a child be murdered.— amber treadway (@dervogelfamber) November 25, 2015
If you can't bring yourself to watch the Laquan McDonald video, don't feel bad. You don't have to. You aren't obligated to.— 【FirelordDumbledore】 (@SageSaturn) November 25, 2015
Please don't bring the LaQuan video on to my time line. I can't watch anymore of these videos— OPTIMUS PEKPEK (@mamamarthiie) November 24, 2015
(Don't) Watch In The Name Of Activism
Pls don't post the video of the Laquan McDonald shooting without warning. You don't have to watch this video to understand police brutality.— this website is hell (@justinhastings2) November 24, 2015
I don't plan to watch the video of Laquan McDonald's death for the same reason I don't watch ISIS videos: I don't want to see such butchery.— Peter Quinn Fuller (@pqfuller) November 24, 2015
Don't got the heart to watch that Laquan video— BUCKS TRASH (@Bishop_of_Based) November 25, 2015
Tonight as the video makes its way around the Internet (or not), demonstrations are starting in Chicago. To watch or not to watch is a personal choice, but McDonald's shooting won't be forgotten anytime soon.