Chicago Activist: City’s Call for Peace over Laquan McDonald Video Does Not Extend to Police Dept.

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November 24, 2015 by socialaction2014

As Chicago braces for protests ahead of the release of video footage of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, DN! speaks with Charlene Carruthers, the National Director of the Black Youth Project 100. Her organization declined a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office on Monday as the city tries to quell impending protests. “For us, it was important not to take a meeting with the mayor where it was clear to us that this series of meetings was about how are we going to quell our fears — being the mayor’s office’s fears — about what young, black people are going to do once this video is released,” Carruthers said. “They’re very concerned with the city remaining peaceful, but unfortunately, the community, or the target, that is being told to remain peaceful is not the Chicago Police Department.”

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