President Obama Speaks Out On The Death Of Laquan Mcdonald (Young Man Who Was shot 16 Times By A Chicago Police Officer)
|Will There Be Any Justice For Black African Americans ?|
In a Thanksgiving message on Facebook, the president paid tribute to Chicago protesters for keeping the peace.
He stated that "Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
|Jason Van Dyke|
And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful."
McDonald was stopped by police in October 2014 after reports that he had been walking in the road and slashing car tyres.
According to court documents seen by the Associated Press, Mr Van Dyke was the subject of 18 civilian complaints over 14 years, including allegations that he used racial slurs and excessive force.
The death of Laquan McDonald has become the latest flashpoint in a long-running debate over police violence against black men.
Protesters said they were organising a Black Friday event which will try to shut down a major shopping area in Chicago on one of the busiest retail days of the year.