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Chicago Cop Indicted for Murder, City Braces Ahead of Video Release

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A Chicago cop was indicted for first-degree murder on Tuesday for the shooting of an unarmed black teenager last year. The department also announced they will be releasing a dash-cam video of the killing on Wednesday.

The city worries that the footage could fuel anger among protesters and officials are bracing for a possible uprising.

​Officer Jason Van Dyke turned himself in on Tuesday morning for the killing of Laquan McDonald, who was 17, on Oct. 20, 2014.

McDonald was reportedly holding a knife, which he used to slash the tires of a police vehicle.

Van Dyke fired a “barrage of bullets” less than 30 seconds after arriving at the scene, and continued shooting as McDonald’s body was on the ground.

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State Attorney Anita Alvarez has stated that this was not a proper use of force and that it was not justified.

“With these charges, we are bringing a full measure of justice that this demands,” Alvarez told reporters on Tuesday.

Her announcement came just one day before the deadline set by a judge to release the video footage, taken from a police dash-cam.

“It is everything it has been described to be by the news accounts,” Alvarez said. “It is graphic, it is violent, it is chilling. I’ve been a prosecutor for nearly 30 years…to watch a 17-year-old young man die in such a violent manner is deeply disturbing.”

The mayor has also spoken out against what he saw in the video.

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“Police officers are entrusted to uphold the law, and to provide safety to our residents,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement. “In this case unfortunately, it appears an officer violated that trust at every level.”

In April, the city agreed to pay a $5 million settlement to the McDonald family.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer charged with first-degree murder in over 30 years.

Lawyers for the killer cop claim that the officer “feared for his life.”

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