Rep. Bobby Rush Introduces 'The Laquan McDonald Camera Act'
17-year-old Laquan McDonald had his name etched into the memories of Americans, nay the World, when his murder was captured on dash cam and exposed in a viral blast online.
Now, Rep Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) has introduced a bill (The Laquan McDonald Camera Act) for Congress to consider this week that would restrict federal funding to agencies which fail to enforce police body camera and dash cam policies.
Named after Laquan McDonald, his 2014 killing by a Chicago police officer has been seared into the hearts and minds of those affected by the rash of public police brutality assaults over the past few years.
For those unaware, Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke. Dash cam video contradicted the written accounts of police officers at the scene who claimed that McDonald lunged at them with a knife. Other footage showed McDonald walking away from Van Dyke who emptied his 9mm semi-automatic weapon into him while the teenager was on the ground.
Van Dyke is currently on trial for first-degree murder, allegedly intentionally damaging his dash cam recorder and failure to sync his microphone on the night of McDonald’s death.
If Rush’s bill goes through, any law enforcement agency not in compliance of dash cam policy is taxed 10% of federal funding unless certification is provided to the U.S. Attorney General.
“This legislation seeks to restore some of the public’s trust in law enforcement at a time when trust is at an all-time low. There has been a wave of questionable police shootings that resulted in the deaths of unarmed citizens—or people who appeared to be of no threat at the time of the encounter,” Rush said. “Cases, such as Laquan McDonald, Mike Brown, Alton Sterling, [Sandra Bland] and Philando Castile are brutal illustrations on why we need a clear documentation of facts when citizen-encounters with police turn deadly.
We shall keep you up-to-date as this story continues to develop.
H/T: The Root