Just about everything about the Laquan McDonald killing sucks

Start with the killing itself. A young black man suspected of doing bad stuff, strung out on PCP, being chased, legitimately, by cops. He's cornered. Hey, officer Van Dyke, the kid is down, your life isn't in jeopardy, stop with the damn shooting.

Then go to the cover-up: Rahm Emanuel coming up with a $5 million payment to the McDonald family, without a lawsuit even being filed, just a few days before the mayoral election, which he well might have lost if the video had been released then. The complicity of the rubber stamp City Council, including its black members. The sitting on the case for over a year by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Emanuel's attempt to keep a public document--the video--out of the public realm and then his sudden reversal for transparently political reasons. Same with Alvarez.

Then comes Jesse Jackson and the victim industry. Out on the streets, after all this crap hits the fan. Where were they before? The criminal justice system now is involved; are we supposed to prejudge the outcome? Are we supposed to dispose of a constitutional right--the presumption of innocence? Will the media now blindly follow the crowd--literally--feeding the frenzy?

Everyone, except Laquan McDonald, gets theirs, manipulating events for their own benefit. The Chicago Way. Just about everything about the Laquan McDonald killing sucks.

Read why Americans need to learn about the nation's most ignored war .

Find out what freelance editorial services I can provide for you.

Want to be notified by email when I post? Type your email address in the box and click the "create subscription" button. My list is completely spam free, and you can opt out at any time.

Comments

Leave a comment
  • fb_avatar

    Why does the Victim/BLM Industry gravitate to the thugs as the ones to be nominated for sainthood? All the innocent men, women and children gunned down daily are shoved aside for the drugged, armed belligerant smart a** that gets himself shot? And the families are rewarded for lousy parenting with millions of dollars, money that should be used to improve the schools and clean up the neighborhoods so companies would feel a bit more confident coming back to the city. I cynically believe Democrats would rather keep the neighborhoods the way they are and keep promising they will bring "hope and change" to a population that hasn't caught on to the scam yet. All they get is "hoax and chains"

Leave a comment

  • ChicagoNow is full of win

    Welcome to ChicagoNow.

    Meet our bloggers,
    post comments, or
    pitch your blog idea.

  • Advertisement:
  • Visit my new website

    I'm a freelance writer, editor and author. I can help you with a wide variety of projects. Check out my new website at www.dennisbyrne.net

  • Meet The Blogger

    Dennis Byrne

    Chicago Tribune contributing op-ed columnist and author of forthcoming historical novel, "Madness: The War of 1812." Reporter, editor and columnist for Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Daily News. Freelance writer and editor.

  • Subscribe to The Barbershop

    Enter your email address:

    Delivered by FeedBurner

  • Dennis Byrne’s Facebook Fan Page

  • Categories

  • Like me on Facebook

  • Our National Debt

  • Twitter

  • Tags

  • Recent Comments

  • /Users/dennisby/Desktop/trailer.mp4
  • Advertisement: