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US, Chicago. The chilling dashcam footage showing a white cop shooting dead a black teenager has been made public despite attempts by both the police and Chicago city officials to block its release.
The shocking video shows as Officer Jason Van Dyke shoots 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, and for 13 seconds as the motionless young man lays on the ground at point blank range.
At one point, smoke can be seen coming from the teenager's back as shots are fired.
Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder and Mayor Rahm Emanuel and members of the police department have urged for peaceful protest in the wake of the release of this horrifying footage.
After the death of McDonald on October 20, 2014, Van Dyke claimed he had felt threatened by the teenager
The video shows McDonald, who is armed with a small knife, walking away from police officers.
He was reportedly told to drop the knife but it is hard to tell if that is the case as there is no sound on the video.
Police had also said McDonald had threatened them with a knife and slashed at the tires and windshield of a patrol car, but .
Van Dyke then opens fire and keeps shooting after the teen falls to the ground. The teenager's previously released autopsy report showed that he was shot at least twice in his back.
It also showed that there was PCP in his system at the time of his death.
The officer had been on the scene for less than 30 seconds after he opened fire according to reports, and was the only person to shoot his weapon, emptying his 9 mm pistol and even going to reload.
After McDonald's body lays dead on the road, Van Dyke then walks over and kicks the knife out of the teenager's hand.
Police had arrived after reports that someone had been breaking into cars and stealing stereos and also trying to break into a trucking yard with a knife.
There were eight police officers on the scene when McDonald was shot.
Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder of Monday and turned himself in around 7:30
pm, over a year after the shooting occurred.
He is the first Chicago police officer to ever be charged with murder while on duty.
He had been on paid administrative duty prior to this and many are outraged over how long it took to charge the officer.
Van Dyke, 37, was denied bail at a hearing on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition to fighting the release of this dashcam video, it has also been widely reported that police deleted footage of the shooting from a nearby Burger King's surveillance camera.
Burger King District Manager Jay Darshane even admitted that police had tampered with their video.
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