While the “I Can’t Breathe”/”Black Lives Matter” movements focused on many names like Eric Garner, Mike Brown, John Crawford and Ezell Ford, there are many lesser known names that they represent. One of them is Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old kid from Chicago killed in October. An autopsy report reveals that police shot the teen was shot 16 times by police.
The teen was stopped by police when he was mischievously slashing tires with a knife on that fateful October night. A law enforcement spokesman described McDonald as “having a strange gaze about him.” That spokesperson went on to say that police boxed him in against a fence on 41st and Pulaski when “An officer shot him in the chest when he refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers.”
Representatives of the “Invisible Institute,” a local journalistic production company obtained a copy of McDonald’s autopsy report through the Freedom of Information Act and call bullshit on the cops’ story. The autopsy shows that the teen was not simply shot in the chest. He was “riddled with bullets,” with “wounds to the left scalp, neck, left chest, right chest, left elbow, right upper arm, left forearm, right upper leg, left upper back, left elbow, posterior right upper arm, right arm, right forearm, right hand, right lower back, right upper leg.”
The case is being reviewed by the Independent Police Review Authority, as is the case with all police shootings. However, it generally takes them anywhere from a year to 18 months to complete an investigation.