The usual suspects were protesting again Friday and performing for TV news crews in Chicago. They disrupted tourists and holiday shoppers on tony Michigan Avenue. But what exactly were they protesting?
The ostensible reason for the chanting street anger was the shooting of a knife-wielding black teen by a white Chicago policeman. The violent death of Laquan McDonald emerged last week on a disturbing police video released by court order.
Police had responded to reports of car break-ins and spotted the 17-year-old, later found to have PCP in his system, walking in the street waving the knife. When he turned toward one officer, he shot the teen 16 times, 15 after the youth had fallen.
The officer, Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with first-degree murder. He’s in jail without bail. The methodical American legal system is grinding along. The victim’s family called for calm and understanding. Nothing will bring the troubled youth back.