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.
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