STATEMENT: Treasurer Summers’ Statement on Release of Video Showing the Death of Laquan McDonald

Now is the time to show our strength and unity as one Chicago. This horrific display of violence cannot be tolerated and cannot be met with further violent actions. I urge those who respond to do so peacefully in respect of Laquan McDonald and all who have been affected by injustice on our streets. Together, we must find meaningful solutions to the inequalities that exist within law enforcement and our justice system. In times of distress, it is our responsibility to channel our energy towards making real and positive change.

This was a shameful act, yet we all must honor the wishes of this young man’s family and ‘not resort to violence in Laquan’s name. Let his legacy be better than that.’ I pray for peace and justice for the McDonald family.

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