Protester Holds Sign Praising NBC 5’s Carol Marin for Laquan McDonald Reporting

Marin first began reporting on the McDonald case eight months ago, long before the story made national headlines

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During a protest on Sunday in reaction to the recently released dashcam video showing the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, a protester held up a sign in support of NBC 5's very own Carol Marin.

The sign, which read "Carol Marin Amazing Reporting!", acknowledged Marin's commitment to covering the McDonald case long before the story made national headlines.

Marin first began digging into the McDonald case eight months ago, weeks before the City Council approved the $5 million settlement with McDonald's family. Most recently, Marin's reporting helped lead to the release of the full Laquan McDonald police report, which she requested seven months ago.

The release of the McDonald dashcam video last month, which happened the same day Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder, prompted city-wide protests and calls for the resignations of the city's top officials. Days later, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy was ousted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. The resignations of the head of the Independent Police Review Authority and the police department's chief of detectives followed.

In the latest demonstration on Sunday, crowds of protesters shut down a portion of State Street in downtown Chicago in a protest led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. The rally started at State and Van Buren streets and ended at the Thompson Center.

The group of about 100 to 200 people chanted "16 shots and a cover-up" and counted to 16 to acknowledge the number of times Van Dyke shot McDonald.

The march ended with a rally at the Thompson Center, where protesters called for the resignations of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez.

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