And in Chicago, a prosecutor has asked the FBI to investigate the fatal shooting of an African-American college student and a grandmother last weekend. The student, Quintonio LeGrier, was fatally shot after his father called 911 to report his son was acting strangely and carrying a metal bat. Police acknowledged they shot 55-year-old Bettie Jones by mistake. Meanwhile, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has released thousands of pages of emails revealing its year-long effort to contain the fallout from the shooting of Laquan McDonald last October. McDonald was shot 16 times. Police dashboard camera video, released only last month after a court order, contradicts police accounts of the killing. At a protest Thursday, demonstrators, including 16-year-old Lamon Reccord, continued their call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign.
Lamon Reccord: “If it takes a 16-year-old to get up here and talk about the mayor of Chicago, we have a problem. If it takes a 16-year-old to get up here and talk about the CPD (Chicago Police Department) culture, we have a problem. We have a huge problem. We can’t get money funding in our public schools. Our young people don’t have resources. It doesn’t make any sense that officers shoot a 17-year-old 16 times. Makes no sense. What if that was your son that got shot 16 times? You would take that badge off. You would take that uniform off. You would come on our side and face these everyday life situations that we’ve got to deal with.”