Protesters take aim at Chicago shopping district

FILE - In this Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, file photo, a protester holds a sign as people rally for 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Chicago Police Department Officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago. McDonald, whose name demonstrators are shouting as they march the streets and plan to shut down the city’s glitziest shopping corridor on Friday, lived a troubled life full of disadvantages and at least one previous brush with the law. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

CHICAGO (AP) — Demonstrators are planning to march through downtown Chicago’s high-end shopping district again to draw attention to the 2014 police killing of a black teenager who was shot 16 times by a white officer.

Organizers are hoping the Christmas Eve demonstration will be a repeat of another Michigan Avenue demonstration in which a few hundred people disrupted shopping there on Black Friday.

A group calling itself The Coalition for a New Chicago says the march will begin a noon at the south end of the Magnificent Mile shopping district and move north.

The area is one of the largest shopping attractions in the Midwest and hosts many high-end stores and hotels.

The release last month of police dashcam video showing the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald has led to weeks of sporadic protests.

Audio recordings of radio calls between Chicago police and a dispatcher show at least one officer had requested a Taser before the fatal police shooting of a black teenager.

Seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by one of several officers responding to a complaint about car break-ins in October 2014. The release of police dashcam video last month showing the shooting has set off weeks of protests. McDonald was carrying a knife, but appeared to be walking away from officers.

The dashcam recordings have no audio.

WMAQ-TV reports that it obtained audio of dispatch calls through a Freedom of Information Act Request.

It shows that at least one officer on the scene was looking for a non-lethal way of subduing the teen.

It remains unclear which officer requested the Taser or whether an officer with a stun gun arrived on the scene. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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