It hasn't reached riot/insurrection/uprising level yet, but just give it time:
On one of the busiest retail shopping days, thousands of people took to Chicago's most prestigious downtown shopping district on Friday to protest last year's shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city's handling of the case.
Does it strike anybody else as odd that they waited a full year before launching into these protests? Why the delay? Why not rise up back then? The only new development I can see is that film footage has emerged of the shooting incident in question. Which tells me that even though it was established fact that the requisite white cop had shot the requisite black teen, what the mob really was after was the film footage in order to re-stir the embers of last fall's cross-country race riots and fan them back into raging flames.
It, in short, has nothing whatsoever to do with the young and late Mr. McDonald and everything to do with the latest hard-left/racist attempt at violent revolution.
About two thousand people with signs reading "Stop Police Terror"....
....gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" on the Black Friday....
Don't tell me they don't have a flair for puns.
....shopping day, which closed the major city street of Michigan Avenue to traffic.
Organizers said the rally, led by [extrem]ist-politician Jesse Jackson [aka The Sinister Minister] and several State elected officials, is a show of outrage over the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, seventeen, and what they see as racial bias in U.S. policing.
Which doesn't exist, as has been repeatedly statistically and documentedly proven, but they have an Agenda to push.
Protesters also called for the resignation of the police superintendent and a top prosecutor for what they see as foot-dragging and stonewalling in the case.
Which ain't happening, as Mayor Raum Emanuel - who, this just in, is black - is fully supporting both, at least for now.
The police officer who shot McDonald sixteen times, Jason Van Dyke, thirty-seven, was charged with first-degree murder hours before a graphic video of the shooting was made public on Tuesday.
And why was he not charged before now? Most likely because there wasn't sufficient evidence to do so before that graphic video surfaced. That IS the purpose of a proper investigation, after all. Is it overcharging? Could be, in order to placate the racist mob, or perhaps it's justified. That's the purpose of a public trial, which the aforementioned racist mob will never permit to unfold objectively in their maniacal pursuit of "outcome-based 'justice'".
In essence, if Officer Van Dyke, Police Chief McCarthy, and DA Anita Alvarez are not strung up from the nearest lampposts, the Windy City is gonna burn. Nothing we haven't depressingly seen before.
And in case you have any remaining doubts about what these protests are really all about, feast on this revealing quote:
Organizers also called for the ouster of anyone else found to be involved in misconduct surrounding the case, and the "demilitarization" of the Chicago Police Department. [emphasis added]
So the police have to be disarmed? Like their counterparts in Paris who were helpless to stop the Charlie Hebdo massacre back in January and had to peddle away in REAL terror? Gee, whose Agenda would THAT serve?
And your first two guesses don't count.
UPDATE: Video added.
UPDATE II: Here's the context of the shooting:
[A]fter [a] taser was requested but not available, facing down a suspect high on PCP and armed with a knife who had vandalized some vehicles and was staggering away from the scene, if Van Dyke had stopped after the first shot or two he might have had a case to defend himself. But firing more than a dozen rounds into a suspect who was already down on the ground means he has to face the music over his actions.
So enough shots to put young Mr. McDonald down but not out were sufficient, and Officer Van Dyke went way beyond that. Was he overtly panicky in the heat of the moment? Did adrenaline carry him away? Was he shouting anything racially-tinged? It doesn't help that the suspect was "staggering away" from him instead of towards him. Was Van Dyke the only policeman on the scene or did he have backup that could have cut off McDonald's escape route?