Sixteen times. It's the number of times Laquan McDonald was shot by a Chicago policeman the night of October 20, 2014. More than a year later, dash cam video has finally been released, ultimately causing outrage in the windy city.
In the dash cam video you can see a young man walking in the street with a knife in his hand. Police pull up and exit the car. You can see officer Jason van dyke point his gun at McDonald, the second cop car shooting the dash cam video then turns at an angle, and McDonald is shot...falling to the ground.
Protesters quickly took to the streets to express their frustrations shortly after the dash cam video of McDonald's death was released.
While most of the protests were peaceful, there were also a few shoving matches as tensions rose.
Five people were arrested during the protest. three were detained and released overnight, while two are still are under arrest and waiting to be charged.
Demonstration groups are expected to stage more protests in the days ahead including one at city hall, and another in one of Chicago's high traffic areas during Black Friday holiday shopping.
Officer van dyke is now facing a first degree murder charge. According to officials he was the only one to fire his gun after being on the scene for less than thirty seconds.
Tuesday, cook county state's attorney, Anita Alvarez, echoed what many Chicagoans are feeling stating, ' To watch a 17-year-old man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing, and I have absolutely no doubt that this video will tear at the hearts of all of Chicagoans.".
A sad start to a holiday weekend.