The cowardice of Chicago officials
Updated 9:29 PM ET, Tue November 24, 2015
It has been 400 days since Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke shoot and killed knife wielding Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke wanted to make sure he didn’t miss his target, so he shot McDonald 16 times.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (ex-right-hand man to Mr. O) really drug his feet before pressing charges against the gun happy officer. Based on his VERY liberal PC background, I would have thought Rahm would have had the officer standing tall in front of the judge the next morning.
For 400 days Rambo was on the payroll; for 400 days the city fought the release of the tapes that shows how the shooting went down.
Was the shooting justified? I say absolutely not based on what I can saw in the video. If the man had a gun it would have been an entirely different story. The knife Mc Donald wielding had a 3″ blade and he was about 20 feet away from any of the cops so stabbing one of them should not have been a concern.
Was McDonald out of line, out of control and clearly intoxicated? Yes but that does not justify Rambo’s actions. Rambo shot at McDonald 16 times, firing for 13 seconds – 9 of the rounds fired were in a downward direction indicating McDonald was shot while laying on the ground.
This case is similar to the one in Cleveland where the cops, mainly one of Rambo’s cousins, shot at two unarmed suspects 137 times after a lengthy car chase. The cops thought that they suspects had a gun. Rambo’s cousin really put the icing on the cake when he jumped on the hood of the car firing directly into the car killing the two suspects. He was found not guilty. What a miscarriage of justice. Like the case in Chicago, it was complete overkill.
I don’t have as much of a problem with the cops taking someone down if they are forced to but to shoot them so many times is outrageous.
The city officials in The Windy City must have recognized the dilemma they were in and offered McDonald’s family a 5 million dollar settlement before any charges were filed against the cop.
Prior to McDonald being shot it was reported that he was breaking into cars, an offense that does not justify killing the guy.
Can I understand the stress the cops are under especially in the Killing Kapitol of the country? Yes, but the cops should be trained to handle these types of situations. None of the other cops on the scene saw the necessity of shoot the guy because he was not a threat to them.
I would think by now that the cops around the country would be a little more cautious in their line of duty; if for no other reason, Big Brother is always watching them.
If McDonald had a gun I would be the first one to agree that he needed to be shot but not 16 times.
Boys in blue – we all love you – we all need you – we appreciate that you put your lives on the line for us everyday but you have to use more discretion and control in the way you handle your jobs.