Chicago To Pay $5 Million To Family of Teen Shot 16 Times By Police

The City Council’s Committee on Finance will be asked to pay $5 million to the family of Laquan McDonald who was shot 16 times by CPD, according to the Chicago Sun Times.

McDonald, 17, was gunned down after allegedly refusing to drop a knife he was carrying. Police were responding to a call of someone breaking into vehicles when they confronted the youth.

An autopsy found McDonald was shot 16 times to the chest, neck, back, arms and right leg.

The CPD has yet to release dash cam footage of the incident.

The officer who shot McDonald has been stripped of his police power and put on paid desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.

A witness rebuked the actions of the CPD in McDonald’s killing

“They didn’t need to shoot him. They didn’t. They basically had him face-to-face. There was no purpose why they had to shoot him,” witness Alma Benitez told CBS Chicago.

Police allege the youth punctured one of the squad car’s front passenger-side tire and damaged the front windshield.

“When police tell you to drop a weapon, all you have to do is drop it,” Pat Camden a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police told the Tribune.

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