Laquan McDonald’s Classmates Have Watched His Videotaped Death, Too

(CBS) – It’s been nine days since the video of Laquan McDonald was released. Among the millions viewing the shooting are his classmates.

CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker takes a look at the killing through the eyes of other teens.

Students at Sullivan House High School have not only seen the infamous video of their former classmate, Laquan McDonald, pelted with bullets by a Chicago cop, but they’ve watched numerous times.

One youth says he’s seen it “at least 30 times.”

Why so many times?

“I tried to make some sense of it. But as many times as I’ve seen it, I couldn’t,” Dwayne Bush says.

“Living in Chicago, I’m worried about a lot of things happening to me, but now I have to worry about the police harming me, too,” adds another McDonald peer, Tylor Randall, says.

For some, the fear and distrust is personal. Lydia Cassimiro is the niece of Flint Farmer. In 2011, a police officer fatally shot him as he was on the ground.

“They take away the innocent people for no reason,” Cassimiro says.

The students support all of the community pushback that has occurred since the Laquan McDonald dash-cam video was released last week under court order. The ultimate justice, in their eyes, would come with the conviction of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is charged with murder.

Because Laquan attended Sullivan House, school administrators have had several discussions about the video and teachers and counselors have been on hand to address student concerns.

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