In anticipation of the inevitable and justified outrage that was sure to ensue after officials released footage of the execution of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, they charged his killer, Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, with murder.
It wasn’t enough to quell the pain and grief of a people tired of being victims of state-sanctioned terror.
Protests have erupted across the city in response to what can only be called unspeakable violence. The smoke rising from Laquan’s body as he twitches on the ground, his life seeping away.
Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel called for “mutual respect” and “peace,” when what he is really afraid of — and should be — is the reciprocal response in the absence of either.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “The video captures 15 seconds of shooting. For 13 seconds of it, McDonald is lying on the street.”
And a city in mourning has taken to those same streets in protest.