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Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015

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The city of Chicago plans to release the police video of the Laquan McDonald shooting Tuesday afternoon, coinciding with a 4:30 p.m. news conference at Chicago Police Department headquarters, according to sources familiar with the decision.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy will hold the news conference but the video is expected to be released after their remarks.

I’m figuring that WGN will be carrying it live, so click here at the appropriate time.

…Adding… Oy

The Chicago Police Department has ordered most of its force into uniform and warned them of potentially longer hours and canceled days off as the city prepares to release a video of Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

The plan is not unprecedented, and similar plans have been made in the past when the department expects massive protests or potential for civil unrest.

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- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:18 pm:

    Why are they advancing the release of this video so it is timed just before sun set tonight instead of after sun rise tomorrow?

  2. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:20 pm:

    FKA, word is that a TV station got ahold of a copy and was planning to air.

  3. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:21 pm:

    What about CPS? Is there school tomorrow?

  4. - ArchPundit - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:26 pm:

    Rich–understood, but the city should have asked for them to wait for the morning. The McCulloch presser in the evening was horrible timing in Ferguson.

    On the up side, it’s fairly cold.

  5. - WGNer - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:26 pm:

    FYI rich fee free to link directly to WGN-TV’s live stream link -

  6. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:28 pm:

    CPS FB page says, “No classes for all CPS students 11/25-11/27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes resume 11/30. Have a safe and happy holiday!” Was Wednesday an already planned day off?

  7. - Me too - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:28 pm:

    Wen, not anymore there’s not. If there’s any problems parents will keep their kids at home so they may as well close the schools

  8. - Colin O'Scopey - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:29 pm:

    I can’t see a way in which Supt. McCarthy keeps his job after this.

  9. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:29 pm:

    The Foxx campaign doesn’t need to have anybody at this handing out statements. Yeesh, very poor form gang.

  10. - LizPhairTax - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:34 pm:

    Telling that the manager of the Burger King at 40th and Pulaski has more credibility than the CCSA and the CPD.

    NOBODY is questioning his version of events.

  11. - Colin O'Scopey - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:36 pm:

    =The Foxx campaign doesn’t need to have anybody at this handing out statements. Yeesh, very poor form gang.=

    I think this photo was from the Alvarez presser announcing the charges, not this evening’s presser.

  12. - Colin O'Scopey - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:37 pm:

    =I wonder how the police in Indianapolis are preparing for the massive protest=

    @Really 4:31, you’re an ass.

  13. - Give Me A Break - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:39 pm:

    @Really, how about you crawl back into whatever bunker or hole you came from.

  14. - Me too - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:40 pm:

    Really, really? If you can’t see the difference, you see the world through a very opaque lense.

  15. - Me too - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:41 pm:

    Colin said it better.

  16. - 47th Ward - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:43 pm:

    ===this photo was from the Alvarez presser===

    Thanks Colin. My bad.

  17. - Amalia - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:47 pm:

    “How are you having this conversation without the community?”
    oh, please….

  18. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:02 pm:

    ==- Rich Miller - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:20 pm:==

    WLS-TV says they acquired a truncated version, but that they didn’t plan to air it

  19. - 32nd Ward Roscoe Village - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:11 pm:

    CPS was already scheduled to be off school tomorrow.

  20. - Sad - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:15 pm:

    Media not going to be happy until they start a riot

  21. - Where Was The Media? - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:19 pm:

    Hard to believe a lot of what they’re saying when the cop remained on the payroll for more than a year–no reason the investigation couldn’t have been wrapped up much sooner–and they barred from the press conference the journalist who sued to get the video into the public domain. And the chief says he would have preferred that the video not be released until whatever process he thinks should happen has concluded.

    Nothing has changed. How do you spell “secret?” C-h-i-c-a-g-o p-o-l-i-c-e.

  22. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:21 pm:

    I think the misuse and abuse of the word “transparent” needs to stop.

  23. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:36 pm:

    The media attacked that stack of press releases and fact sheets like a pack of hyenas..

  24. - Jake From Elwood - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:00 pm:

    I can see why the City tried to suppress this.
    Absolutely damning.

  25. - Ay caramba! - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:15 pm:

    How did it possibly take until yesterday to file murder charges?

  26. - Rollo Tamasi - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:15 pm:

    CPS FB page says, “No classes for all CPS students 11/25-11/27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes resume 11/30. Have a safe and happy holiday!” Was Wednesday an already planned day off?+++

    Should have been a teacher instead of a working stiff.

  27. - Formerly Known As... - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:19 pm:

    @Rich - Thank you. If part of the tape leaked then they had to advance things.

  28. - Amalia - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:21 pm:

    Peace to the family of Laquan. they did not want the video released and this must add to their pain. but they should take comfort in knowing that the release of the video will lead to justice and to changes in procedures. may they have some time over this Thanksgiving to share happy memories even as they continue to grieve.

  29. - Wensicia - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:23 pm:

    ==Should have been a teacher instead of a working stiff.==

    I don’t get your point. Enlighten me.

  30. - Mouthy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:23 pm:

    Ain’t gonna watch it. I already know it’s bad and I’ve had my fill of violence lately..

  31. - Zoe - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:23 pm:

    - Colin O’Scopey - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:29 pm:

    I can’t see a way in which Supt. McCarthy keeps this job after this.

    how’s this McCarthy’s fault? bad apple - actually a rotten apple in this case - but he can’t babysit 10,000 sworn officers. and of course the media rarely has the stories of the cops that go above and beyond.

  32. - Zoe - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:26 pm:

    - Sad - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 5:15 pm:

    Media not going to be happy until they start a riot

    no truer words were spoken. they’ve been ginning up rioting for a few days now.

  33. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:35 pm:

    The main problem is that people don’t have trust in the testimony of the officers and for good reason. Here is likely another occasion of 1) what did the official report say - presumably corroborated by other officers at the scene and 2) what did the video show happened? It brings me back to the little blond bartender assaulted by an off duty police officer. Trust can only be rebuilt by a real effort to get the few bad officers off the street. McCarthy can start his “babysitting” by using the database of complaints to identify problem officers. And the police union can stop supporting officers who have obviously not performed their jobs up to standards.

  34. - Lincoln Lad - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:45 pm:

    Is the shooter charged now only because the video was being released? This was clear - how does it take a year to charge him? He should have been charged months ago.

  35. - walker - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:52 pm:

    What Amalia said.

    Please let some good come out of this.

  36. - present - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 6:59 pm:

    Ay caramba….exactly.

  37. - Grandson of Man - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:02 pm:

    “Ain’t gonna watch it.”

    Me either. I’m trying real hard to keep my psyche intact. Plus, it’s Thanksgiving, and there must be good feelings and love shared with our loved ones.

    “Please let some good come out of this.”

    Yes, please.

  38. - Dale Cooper - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:09 pm:

    “For 13 months, Emanuel and the city’s attorneys had opposed the release of the video amid ongoing criminal investigations into Van Dyke.”

    Should this be considered conspiracy? Emanuel is playing politics and is pretending this is all news, he’s part of the problem here.

  39. - From the 'Dale to HP - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:30 pm:

    Alvarez needs to resign asap. She’s either incompetent or lacks the spine to stand up to the ‘powers that be’. But probably both. Get her out of here.

    Rahm has gots to go too. The press conference was an absolute disaster and then to go light a Christmas tree afterwards? What was he thinking? How can we trust a single word out of his mouth after all these lies? And sitting on this tape was the kicker… horrendous “leadership”.

  40. - NoGifts - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:45 pm:

    And another thing…the times when people are killed is sad. It is the tip of the iceberg - how about people getting “roughed up” and not killed? Way more frequent and also corrosive to relations with the citizens. We pay police to maintain a professional comportment- no matter how bad the person on the other end of the interaction acts or how bad their day was. Like every other profession. That is a part of the job. Maybe the most important part of the job.

  41. - Realy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:53 pm:

    - Colin O’Scopey - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 4:37 pm:

    @Really 4:31, you’re an ass.
    Colin normally I would not respond
    To those who can only use name calling as a response but in this case I’ll bite.
    Point is this when there is a brutally horrible crime committed why does the race of the offender and victim matter.
    A white police officer kills a black teen a black teen allegedly kills a white women they are both incredibly horrific crimes
    The victims in both cases deserve justice through the legal system. What they don’t deserve is a mob mentality fueled by community activists with there own agenda, politicians whose only agenda is their next election, the media who lord only knows what their agenda is, and pin head Bloggers …
    True equality is when victims are looked upon as victims and offenders as offenders regardless of there race
    Point being we don’t see riots in Indianapolis after a horrific crime nor should we see riots in chicago after a horrific crime
    Try and open up your mind to that thought before going to name calling

  42. - TJ - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 7:53 pm:

    Time to become a yellow dog Democrat.

    As in, I’m going to vote for even a yellow dog in the Democratic primary over Anita Alvarez for taking so damn long to file charges here. Even a yellow dog would be able to recognize that as murder, after all.

  43. - Freezeup - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 8:20 pm:

    I was prepared to be very skeptical of Alvarez. Listening to her press conference surprised me, thought she did a good job.

    Did anyone else hear her press conference? I’m wondering if I accidentally took a gullible pill today or if anybody else thought she made some sense.

  44. - olddog - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 8:29 pm:

    @ Rollo Tamasi 6:15 pm === Should have been a teacher instead of a working stiff. ===

    If you’re interested in hearing some facts instead of making ignorant drive-by comments, read this UIUC study. It was done in Springfield, Mass., but the working conditions it documents hold true nationwide.

  45. - Groundhog Day - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 8:35 pm:

    Realy, the difference is that in one case you have a criminal killing a person. In the other, you have decades of institutional racism allowing an officer of the law wantonly killing a person on the basis of a whim, who was then protected from any consequences for over a year.

    If these things look the same to you, I do not know what to say.

  46. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 8:44 pm:

    Really, let me be the first to say, ‘harrumph, harrumph.”

    Is it your contention that there is “true equality” in the real-life experience of say, black males with the police, and other groups in society with the police?

    Would different experiences perhaps evoke different reactions?

    Who are these community activists fueling that mob mentality you speak of? Any names of those activists? What “mob mentality” are you witnessing? Walking down the street blocking cars? They don’t make mobs like they used to.

    You made a bad joke in poor taste and now are trying to shine it up like the “I have a dream speech.”

    Unlike most elements of this horrible story, you are completely transparent.

  47. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:23 pm:

    8:20 pm, remember that some people commenting here could have agendas or even be Alvarez’s opponent. I personally thought the Mayor did a good job, which was unexpected.

  48. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:24 pm:

    CPS FB page says, “No classes for all CPS students 11/25-11/27 due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Classes resume 11/30. Have a safe and happy holiday!” Was Wednesday an already planned day off?+++

    Should have been a teacher instead of a working stiff.==

    Teachers don’t get paid for the day nor do they have the option of working if they want to. So far the protests haven’t been large enough to necessitate schools being closed anyway.

  49. - Lincoln Lad - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:26 pm:

    We’d all prefer you not respond. Your convoluted thoughts aren’t needed. This kid was savagely murdered by a policeman, and that policeman was only charged over a year later when a judge ruled the video had to be released as a public record. That’s this story, your extraneous references have no place in this story.

  50. - Precinct Captain - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:31 pm:

    ==- Freezeup - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 8:20 pm:==

    You took a gullible pill.

  51. - Blue dog dem - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:41 pm:

    Things look bad, but let’s all remember the innocent until proven guilty thing. Lincoln Lad, pretty sure of yourself,eh? Lots of that went down in Ferguson, but the legal system,however or whatever you think of it, didn’t agree with public opinion. Not sticking up for bad cops, but gotta give everyone a fair trial. A trial, I might add, this poor kid never had a chance to get.

  52. - Miami - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:41 pm:

    Overzealous cop kills a kid. Empties the clip into a lifeless body in the street. Authority at all levels goes into damage control. Cops rush in and scrub the Burger King camera footage. Audio on the dash cam video disappears. Everybody keeps the video bottled up. No charges filed. Until public pressure makes it happen. Ain’t the City grand?

  53. - Oswego Willy - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 9:59 pm:

    - Lincoln Lad -

    Very well said.

    I’ll leave it right there.

  54. - Juice - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 10:38 pm:

    Blue Dog Dem- you are completely ignoring the reality that in this case the justice system only decided to even bring this police officer under its watchful eye because a video of said officer pumping 16 rounds of lead into the body of a minor was being released publicly. Is Van Dyke going to get his due process? Yes. And he should.

    But he made the decision to execute a 17 year old wielding a knife for no other reason than he could. Where is the due process in that?

  55. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Nov 24, 15 @ 11:33 pm:

    – Media won’t be happy until they start a riot.–

    The “media” has been spoon-fed on this story by authorities for weeks, after they were oblivious to it for months, in order to soften the blow of the inevitable court order to release the video.

    It would be swell if the media would now play 13 months of catch-up with some independent reporting.

    The official story and timeline are ludicrous. Shooting in October. $5 million settlement — no lawsuit filed — to the City Council in April, five days after Emanuel’s re-election. Charges in November only after judge’s order on video release. The cop still on the payroll all this time. And no word on the cops who went into the Burger King.

    Like Liz said, the only one with any credibility to date is the Burger King manager.

    The spin out of City Hall, the State’s Attorney office and CPD stinks to high heaven.

    Obviously, it’s on the Justice Department now to sort all this out.

  56. - STILL WATERS - Wednesday, Nov 25, 15 @ 9:01 am:

    wordslinger has it correct. The suppression of this murder was suppressed so that the Mayor and the State’s Attorney could proceed with being re-elected.

  57. - Kasparov - Wednesday, Nov 25, 15 @ 9:03 am:

    Hey guys, turns out FOP Pat Camden was telling the truth all along:

  58. - Amalia - Wednesday, Nov 25, 15 @ 9:26 am:

    Still Waters, you are off on one of your election schedules. we are in the midst of a campaign for State’s Attorney right now. the murder was being investigated, both by the SAO and the USAttorney’s Office, never mind the 2 City authorities investigating the police involved. this is not as simple as watch the video and charge the state case. there are federal issues involved, including what the other police were doing, video care, etc.

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