Just hours after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year, Chicago police released dash-cam footage of the incident. Here is the video, via DNAinfo Chicago.
On Twitter, however, reporters wrote that they were having difficulty downloading the video from the link Chicago PD provided. The website hosting the video crashed within fifteen minutes of being provided.
My first attempt at downloading the #LaquanMcDonald video failed with the error "Server down." It'll only be available 45 more minutes.— Polly Mosendz (@polly) November 24, 2015
Witnesses said Mr. McDonald, who was carrying a folding knife, never spoke to Officer Van Dyke nor did he do anything threatening toward him.
The charges against the 14-year-police veteran were announced only after a judge ordered that the video of the shooting be released, 13 months after McDonald’s death. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez defended the delay, the Associated Press reports, saying that she made the decision to charge Van Dyke “weeks ago.”