Yesterday, a graphic video was released showing dashcam footage of yet another white policeman fatally shooting a black teenager. The teenager in question was 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, and he was shot 16 times on October 20, 2014 (Jason Van Dyke, the officer responsible, was charged with first-degree murder yesterday). In response to the shooting, protesters took to the streets of Chicago last night to show that this kind of violence should never be tolerated.
Joining the protest, which was reported to be mostly peaceful, was Chicago rapper Vic Mensa. In a video shared on Twitter (below) by performance poet Malcolm London, Mensa addresses the camera: “I just got hands put on me by police. We want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people.”
In a second piece of video footage, which was captured by CBS News, Mensa can be seen clashing with police along with other protesters. He later tweeted about the incident, saying: “Hands put on me by police was inaccurate. Fighting police.”