President Obama has taken to Facebook to express his feelings about the recently released dash cam video of Laquan McDonald’s death.
Until Wednesday, Obama had not addressed the video in which officer Jason Van Dyke is seen shooting the teenager 16 times during an incident last October. The president said the footage left him “deeply disturbed.” However, in the same breath, Obama also expressed gratitude for the officers who keep communities across the nation safe.
“Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald,” the president wrote on Facebook. “This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor.
“And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.”
On Wednesday, additional segments of the video, obtained by ABC 7 in Chicago were released. The new footage shows the pursuit that led up to the fatal incident.
Protestors took to the streets of Chicago on Tuesday night after the original video was released.
Last night’s protests remained, for the most part, peaceful as officers only made five arrests, the New York Times reported.
According to CNN, the recent protests were even friendly in some ways, as the outlet describes two protestors engaging in lighthearted conversation with an officer before saying goodbye and wishing the officer a Happy Thanksgiving.