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30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald


30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

On the night of Oct. 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old African-American teenager in Chicago, was walking down the street when two police cruisers sped up to him. Officers jumped out, and at least one of them, Jason Van Dyke, began firing. Laquan fell to the ground, his final, painful moments caught on the dashboard video camera of a third police vehicle that had arrived just seconds before. Laquan spun as he was shot. Two bullets hit him in the back. As the video clearly shows, the bullets were pumped into him, evidenced by clouds of dust exploding off the pavement.


Ok, here's the deal -- back when my husband was a cop in Gering, NE (40 years ago) EVERY cop on that force (in a city of 20,000) was issued a BULLET-PROOF VEST and told to wear it EVERY TIME THEY REPORTED FOR DUTY! If cops 40 years ago were required to wear bullet-proof vests then it's for damned sure they are wearing them now, and that means this BULLSHIT about "being afraid for their lives" is a BALD-FACED LIE! I.E.: The Barney Fifes on police forces today shoot immediately b/c THEY KNOW THEIR LIVES ARE NEVER IN DANGER AND THEY CAN KILL WITH IMPUNITY!