I’m frustrated that the way I’m conceptualizing the latest killing of a black man by a white police officer is “routine.” “Another” police killing. “Another” black body destroyed. “Another” brutal video of it. “Another” black teen (he was only 17). “Another” black name, Laquan McDonald. “Another” cover up by the police department. “Another” mayor calling for calm in the wake of such violence.
In Chicago, white police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 times (emptying his clip and reportedly preparing to reload — in the video, you can see the bullets still hitting the clearly down and dead McDonald) at McDonald, who the police union backed up his erroneous claim that McDonald had lunged at him with a knife. He did not.
This occurred Oct. 20, 2014. Today is Nov. 24, 2015.
“Illinois prosecutors had this horrifying video for abt a year. Murder charge came 5 days after order to make public,” according to Reuters legal reporter, Dan Levine.
You don’t sit on a video like this for a year “investigating” what’s what. It’s clear what’s what.
From the Washington Post:
Van Dyke was on the scene for less than 30 seconds before he began firing a total of 16 shots, Alvarez said. He opened fire about six seconds after getting out of his car. His actions “were not a proper use of deadly force,” she said.
Look like how quickly a black life was taken. That quick.
And reportedly, there was a surveillance video of the shooting at a Burger King that was deleted. There’s also the fact that Van Dyke had multiple complaints against him, which the city of Chicago paid out $500,000 to deal with.
How many times will I have to come on this blog and say “another” shooting with “another” video and “another” black victim with “another” cover up and nothing changes?
It’s beyond the point of frustrating.