Community reacts to release of video in Laquan McDonald case, vow peaceful protest of police shooting – Chicago Tribune

Chicago officials released the video of the shooting of a 17-year-old teen by a Chicago police officer, community activists expressed frustration with the tape’s delayed release, but asked for calm.Other city leaders expressed concern for how the video, which authorities said shows Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by a police officer, may be perceived by the city’s youth.Parents and guardians of students in Chicago Public Schools received an email Tuesday afternoon from Janice Jackson, the district’s chief education officer, alerting them of the video’s release.”This footage is sure to raise many emotions among our children, and we want you to know that CPS will do everything possible to meet their needs,” Jackson wrote.The video will not be shown in schools, but may be discussed in class, Jackson told parents. Teachers have received “a special toolkit” to help them talk to students about the incident. Counselors will also be available, the district said. “This footage is sure to raise many emotions among our children, and we want you to know that CPS will do everything possible to meetThe American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois released a statement regarding the video’s release, urging calm, and also asking for “productive discussion” about Chicago police interactions with the public.

Source: Community reacts to release of video in Laquan McDonald case, vow peaceful protest of police shooting – Chicago Tribune

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