Video was released Tuesday night of the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Chicago police officers in October 2014. Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the case. The video shows Laquan being shot 16 times as he turns away from several officers who surround him.
City officials tried unsuccessfully to stop the release of this video, citing an investigation, but a judge turned down their request and ordered the video to be released no later than Wednesday.
According to CNN, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for calm over the release of the graphic video. "I believe this is a moment that can build bridges of understanding rather than become a barrier of misunderstanding," Emanuel said.
Originally, police claimed that Laquan lunged at an officer, causing him to fear for his life. The video shows the teen walking past the officers, only to be shot multiple times. Laquan then falls to the ground as gunshots continue to be fired at his inert body.