Today was the first day of the murder trial for Jason Van Dyke, who killed 17 year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014 with not one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, eleven, twelve, thirteen, fourteen, or fifteen, but sixteen shots. Sixteen shots. We learned the number of shots a year later - that the City’s statements about the killing were false - when Jamie Kalven published the autopsy. Organizers across the city relentlessly pushed for the release of the video, and for the firing of Anita Alvarez (ex-state’s attorney), Garry McCarthy (ex-superintendent of Chicago Police), and Rahm Emanuel (soon to be ex-mayor). I don’t know what Justice for Laquan would look like now, four years later. He hardly had justice in his life. I do know it’s impossibly difficult to fire police officers, to hold them accountable. I do know hundreds have worked for today, over these past four years. We’ve worked hard in this city, and I believe not for nothing. May an ounce of justice prevail during this trial and this upcoming mayoral election. Chicagoans deserve a moment of peace.
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