CHICAGO (CBS) — About 100 medical students and doctors staged a 16-minute “die-in” Thursday morning outside City Hall, joining the call for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign over the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Dressed in white lab coats, the protesters lay on the sidewalk outside City Hall, just across the street from Daley Plaza, for 16 minutes – one minute for each time McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014.
Echoing chants heard at many other protests in the wake of Van Dyke being charged with murder, and the release of the video showing the officer shooting McDonald, the protesters shouted “step down, now!” and “16 shots and a cover-up!” after the die-in.
Many in the crowd held up signs reading “Rahm is not healthy for Chicago” and “#WhiteCoats4BlackLives.”
Sheena Harmon, a third-year resident at Rush, said the justice system needs to be held accountable for its actions, “not only including the misuse of deadly force by police officers, but also the lack of prosecution for these heinous acts, and the misrepresentation of minorities and those of lower socioeconomic status.”
“I am here to support the numerous black men, including Laquan McDonald, who have lost their lives unjustly at the hands of the very entity created to protect us,” she said.