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“We Serve and Protect”

Posted December 2nd, 2015 at 2:42 pm (UTC-4)
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Painted on the sides of police cars in Chicago are the words “We Serve and Protect.” That motto is under siege with the availability of videotaped incidents of police brutality directed at African-Americans. Outrage erupted once again with the release of videotape showing a white Chicago policeman gunning down black teenager Laquan Williams, who is seen walking away from police. Public anger grew to a fever pitch, in part because the tape, which shows McDonald falling to the ground as a white cop fired 16 shots into his body, was not made public for more than a year. Under intense public pressure, Chicago officials charged the police officer with first degree murder, and soon after, fired the city’s chief of police.