Hours before the release of dash cam video of the Chicago PD shooting death of Jaquan McDonald the officer involved was officially charged with Homicide 1 degree. Troublesome as the accusation of this officers allegedly is, it pales in comparison to the other factors in play.
A review of the video does not clearly define anyone’s actions but does clearly show some actions. It shows the young male running towards the officers and slowing upon further units arriving. It shows a young man holding a knife in his right hand and left hand tucked in his front pocket. It shows a young man walking away from officers and quickly start to pivot when he is shot. An officer is seen firing an apparently excessive amount of shots while the young man was down. We see a young man getting hit while down with little movement.
Now, I personally don’t believe that there was intent but certainly a tragic error that will have to be paid for. A young mans life has been ended and an officer has thrown his career away. Two families lay broken and damaged while a city suffers. But is the biggest travesty the shooting? Is this what everyone should be focusing on?Perhaps it’s merely the vehicle that helps to show us the true crime.
For 13 months this case and it’s both known and unknown information sat on a prosecutors desk. For 13 months as a community angrily but mostly calmly awaited an action. Chicago Rahm Emmanuel of Obama Administration Fame has already sealed the deal on a 5 million dollar settlement for the family. Government contingency plans drafted and awaiting implementation but no call from the prosecutor. Come mid October Cooks County States Attorney Anita Alverez announces her official bid for re-election, a third time but has failed to get party backing.
An incident like this should have been handled immediately to not only hold and maintain the publics trust but ensure that justice was served. Why was the dash cam video buried and sealed, tied up in red tape? While not a single justifiable answer can be provided there is one that is glaringly obvious…. Mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s election, coming just a short time after this tragic incident and with loads of promises to find justice faded along with lights at the polling places.
While no one could be wronged for siding with either side of this case or rallying to either call is it possible that society uses this incident to highlight the true problem. It’s time we realize that our biggest common enemy both as civilians and police is the life long and career Politicians who will always use our emotions and tragedies for their own gain and profit.