In 2014, a Chicago policeman shot and killed Laquan McDonald, a 17 year old black man. Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first degree murder yesterday, and the video of the killing was made public by the orders of a judge. Protesters responded to the graphic clip by marching in downtown Chicago last night.
Vic Mensa joined the marchers. "We out in downtown Chicago right now," he says in the above video. "I just got hands put on me by police. We want justice for Laquan and we want justice for our people."
On Twitter, he later amended his statement. "Hands put on me by police was inaccurate," he wrote. "Fighting police." Video below shows a scuffle between protesters and the police.
Though Chance the Rapper is out of town at the moment, he showed support for his city from a distance: "Be strong Chicago. I'll be back in 2 days."
Watch Mensa's FADER documentary.