The Police Murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago and the Coverup
The Whole Damn System Is Guilty as Hell

Updated January 4, 2016 | Revolution Newspaper |



Chicago Goddam!

Laquan McDonald, 17 years old, gunned down on a busy Chicago street by a cop. Shot seconds after the cop pulled up and jumped out of the squad car, as Laquan walked away from the cops, hands at his side. After the first shot, Laquan fell to the ground and as he lay there riddled with 15 more bullets. This cold-blooded execution of a teenager was followed by a massive cover-up. 16 shots and a cover-up: CHICAGO GODDAM!

The city of Chicago, where Black people came up north seeking freedom and a better life only to be super-exploited in the steel mills and stockyards by this capitalist system, when they could get jobs at all...where 23 Black people were lynched or otherwise murdered “up south” in the bloody summer of pogroms in 1919 just to enforce their being locked down on the bottom of society and to let people know that there would be NO freedom in Chicago either...where white mobs rioted over and over again in the decades that followed whenever Black people dared to go in the “wrong neighborhood” or when schools were being desegregated and where this was managed by the top real estate interests in the city for the benefit of their capitalist system, backed up by the Democratic Party/city government and the mob...where the police murdered the Black revolutionary leader Fred Hampton in 1969 as he slept in his bed, drugged by one of their undercover agents, and then the city, the state’s attorney and the police all tried to cover it up (see “December 1969: The FBI Assassination of Fred Hampton—I Am a Revolutionary!’“)....where they tortured Black people for decades and the cops in the force still revere the pig commander Burge who ran the torture. The list is long and the crimes are many.

And now Chicago, where they not only murdered Laquan but conspired together, up to the very highest levels—and let’s not rule out the White House either—to cover it up... (See “Recent History of the CPD & More Revelations of Cover-Up in the Murder of Laquan McDonald”)

Here is this goddam city with its downtown of gleaming skyscrapers and sparkling lights, upscale retail shopping districts like the Magnificent Mile...where the rulers have no real way to make profits off of large swaths of the masses of Black people, and unemployment is sky-high and lasts for generations...where segregation is still the rule of the day, more so today than ever, when they are not literally driving Black people OUT OF the city...where the schools in Black neighborhoods are turned into virtual prisons and pipelines to actual prisons, when they’re not being shut down by the city...where, especially now that the capitalists no longer have any use for them to directly exploit, masses of youth are consigned to lives of such hopelessness and desperation that crime, in the words even of one of the capitalist system’s defenders, becomes a “rational choice” and “the life” becomes a source of meaning for the youth and they are driven to murdering and shooting and crippling each other.

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From the Revolutionary Communist Party, Chicago branch:

McCarthy fired. Now Indict EVERYONE who is part of the CONSPIRACY to cover up Laquan’s officially-sanctioned MURDER!
The whole damn system is guilty as hell. We Need an ACTUAL REVOLUTION!

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There is the potential for something of unprecedented beauty to arise out of unspeakable ugliness: Black people playing a crucial role in putting an end, at long last, to this system which has, for so long, not just exploited but dehumanized, terrorized and tormented them in a thousand ways—putting an end to this in the only way it can be done—by fighting to emancipate humanity, to put an end to the long night in which human society has been divided into masters and slaves, and the masses of humanity have been lashed, beaten, raped, slaughtered, shackled and shrouded in ignorance and misery.

Bob Avakian, Chairman, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA




Reflections from a Reader on Chicago: Crisis in the Halls of Power, Outrage in the Streets... and the Potential for Total Revolution

This letter is some thinking about how the current crisis in Chicago, set off by the video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald, could contribute to a potential legitimacy crisis, and about the relationship between a legitimacy crisis and a revolutionary crisis. In the current crisis there is broad questioning of the legitimate use of force by the police against Black people and other minorities, and deep anger and questioning of the cover-up of Laquan’s murder. “On the Strategy for Revolution” talks about “sudden jolts and breakdowns in the normal functioning of society, which compel many people to question and to resist what they usually accept.” This is such a jolt....

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Double Murder by Chicago Police: "When is this going to end?"

December 26—There is sorrow and blazing outrage tonight in Chicago as news of the murders by police of a 55-year-old Black woman and a 19-year-old Black college student top the local news. Quintonio Legrier and Bettie Jones were cut down in a hail of police bullets inside the vestibule of a two-flat on Chicago’s West Side.

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Update: Chicago Whitewashes Continue – No Indictment for the Pig Who Murdered Ronald Johnson.

In one day, Monday, December 8, here is what happened in Chicago. If you think about it, the two major events show the appearance of changes and at the same time the actual essence of how the system will continue to defend the police because it needs them to terrorize the communities of the oppressed.

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Chicago: Murders by Police, Lies, Cover-up and Crocodile Tears... and Protests in the Streets

Hundreds of people, including students from high schools and people of many nationalities and groupings, have marched every day this week protesting against the police murder of Laquan McDonald and demanding Mayor Emanuel's ouster. And there were more people who came to protest around other demands, for example around education and pension cutbacks; much of this discontent coalesced around demanding Emanuel’s ouster.

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Outrage in Chicago Continues

December 18, 2015

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Reality Check: Answers to Burning Questions

arising in the wake of the release of the video of the murder of Laquan McDonald and the extensive cover-up that followed

The police murders, brutality and torture and the cover-ups have reached a point where the scope and scale over a long period of time shows how deeply this is entrenched in Chicago. It is raising many questions about the role and nature of the police force.

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Recent History of the Chicago Police Department & More Revelations of Cover-up in the Murder of Laquan McDonald

Every day since the video of the police murder of Laquan McDonald by Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke was released last week, more has come to light about the cover-up carried out by the police that started right at the scene of the shooting of Laquan and reveals the cops’ standard operating procedure.

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The Murder of Laquan McDonald: Cops, Lies and Videotape, Part 2

Hundreds of pages of newly released police reports reveal that Van Dyke and at least FIVE other cops just STRAIGHT-OUT LIED about what happened to justify the murder:

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Dashcam Video of Officer Jason Van Dyke Shooting Laquan McDonald

Police murder Laquan McDonald starting five minutes into this video

State-Sponsored Terrorists in Blue

People are rightfully horrified by acts of terror against civilians. But let’s talk about other acts of terror—state-sponsored terror—that are horrific.

Here are videos of a few of the hundreds of people unjustly murdered by the police in the United States annually:

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