TBTNEWS HEADLINEChicagoan of the Year
Contributing Correspondent: C.D.W.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots within six seconds of arriving on the scene that killed Laquan McDonald. These were the shots heard around the world. The global world at that. From these shots came what many in Chicago would not have imagined, because there have been many young black boys shot and killed by rogue cops in 2015, alone.
McDonald, the Chicago teenager was walking away from officers when he was shot. A bombshell video released a year after the incident revealed cold blooded murder, which sent an earthquake style reaction throughout Chicago. The audio also revealed the initial back-and-forth between a dispatcher and the officer who first responded, in which an officer requested a Taser.
These series of mistakes by law enforcement, and the alleged cover up by the mayor, city council and the state's attorney, has created a world-wide storm that has exploded into what most are calling this generation's Civil Rights Movement. The execution of McDonald has awaken tens of thousands of people from all walks of life, and from all of America's color scheme, to demand massive and swift changes in not only Chicago's police force, but departments around the world.
This young man lost his life senselessly and without just cause. This moment in history will be the single one occurrence, of course, along with others, that started the wave of protests, marches, rallies and calls for the mayor to resign and to be replaced with (whomever).
This is a defining moment in the new direction of Black Chicago. Time will tell the outcome, but from all accounts, because some changes have already been made; within the next two to five years, we'll all have this young man's death, as the catalyst for how we do business around 'my' town. Hopefully, if the hidden hands of power are smart - it will not be business as usual. Lets hope so.
Thanks, and Rest in Peace Mr. McDonald. And may God bless your family and other families of people who've lost loved ones through senseless nonsense.
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