CHICAGO (CBS) — Relatives of Laquan McDonald on Friday thanked activists who have been marching and protesting in support of the late teen, and called on President Barack Obama to convene a White House summit in gun violence and police brutality in Chicago.
“He was a teddy bear, he wasn’t a gangster,” said McDonald’s great uncle, Marvin Hunter, who said he wants the world to know his nephew was not the troubled teen police portrayed him to be.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rain Tapers Saturday Night, But More Scattered Showers Sunday
McDonald’s shooting death in October 2014 has prompted more than two weeks of protests across Chicago, after video of the shooting was released earlier this month, just hours after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder. Van Dyke was caught on police dashboard camera as he shot the 17-year-old McDonald 16 times.
“He didn’t fit in his personality; the profile that Jason Van Dyke had of him – and all black boys – in his mind,” Hunter said.