Chicagoans remember Laquan McDonald 3 years after his death

It was three years ago Friday that Laquan McDonald was killed at the hands of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

On Thursday, activists and community members are remembering the 17-year-old and still calling for justice.

More than 100 people met outside the Chicago Police Department headquarters to remember Laquan McDonald and demand police reform.

Speakers included community activists, religious and education leaders.

The crowd gathered to talk about Laquan and other victims of violence chanting things like “16 shots and a cover-up” and “all power to the people.”

On October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke after he fried 16 shots at the teenager. It was captured on police cruiser dashcams and brought to light a year after his death.

McDonald’s death sparked a federal probe into the Chicago Police Department and its use of force.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder and is in the preliminary stages of a trial, but to some that is not enough.

Remembering Laquan McDonald continues Friday. A community town hall will be held at 7 p.m. at the Progressive Baptist Church.

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