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.