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Emanuel: Hold Release of Video of Shooting by Chicago Cop

Laquan-McDonald
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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel says it would be premature to release video of a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting an African-American teen because of an on-going FBI investigation.

A Cook County court hearing next week may decide whether the police car dashboard camera video of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald should be released.

City Corporation Counsel Stephen Patton has told aldermen the video shows an officer shooting McDonald 16 times as he walked along a street.

At the time, McDonald was behaving erratically and refusing police commands to drop a 4-inch folding knife. An autopsy later determined he had PCP in his system.

The police union has maintained the officer fired in fear of his life. However, Patton says images of the incident led to the city's $5 million settlement with the teen's family.

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