Enlightening Commentary

Videotape Update

Posted on November 19, 2015

VHS TapeAs expected, the video release is a go:

Hours after a Cook County judge ordered the release of the video of a controversial Chicago police shooting, city lawyers did an abrupt about face Thursday and announced they would not oppose those efforts after all.

In a statement issued on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s behalf, the city said it would release by next Wednesday – as the judge ordered — the video of an officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, killing him.

“Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law and to provide safety to our residents,” the mayor’s statement said. “In this case, unfortunately, it appears an officer violated that trust at every level. As a result, the city’s Independent Police Review Authority promptly sent this case and the evidence to state and federal prosecutors who have been investigating it for almost a year.

“In accordance with the judge’s ruling, the City will release the video by November 25, which we hope will provide prosecutors time to expeditiously bring their investigation to a conclusion so Chicago can begin to heal.”

Unfortunately, it’s likely that some jagoffs will use this as an excuse to break shit because nothing says justice like looting and burning down the corner Kwik-E-Mart.