Today: Saturday, 13 April 2024 year

Obama ‘Deeply Disturbed’ Watching Laquan McDonald Shooting Footage

US President Barack Obama is said to have been deeply disturbed with the released graphic dashcam video that shows how 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot by police.

In a Facebook post the president wrote he too was deeply disturbed like many Americans after watching the footage. He asked the people to keep in their thoughts and prayers on the Thanksgiving to those who have suffered the loss. He also added to be grateful for keeping the protests peaceful.

The footage of October 20, 2014, shows the teenager walking near a group of police officers who were responding to a report about someone moving with a knife. He was allegedly fired 16 times and even when he was on the ground.

Police officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first degree murder.

The footage was released under court order by the Chicago Police Department even though being controversial. Many feared it may spark violence.