On the second anniversary of Laquan McDonald's shooting death, Chicagoans memorialized the teen as well as the 600 people who have been killed by violence in the city this year.
Chicagoans gathered at various sites Thursday, including City Hall, Chicago Police Headquarters and the location where McDonald was shot by officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times in 2014.
Upset over Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's handling of the McDonald shooting, demonstrators called for passage of proposed state legislation -- the Laquan McDonald Act -- that would create "a procedure for an election to recall the Mayor of Chicago, an alderman of the City of Chicago, and the Cook County State's Attorney."
State Rep. Ken Dunkin (D-Chicago), who was defeated in his March Democratic primary race by challenger Juliana Stratton, introduced the legislation, HB 6616, on October 19.
Chicagoans want to "make sure what happened to (McDonald) never happens again," said community activist William Calloway, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
For his part, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a statement on the anniversary of McDonald's death:
Two years ago Laquan McDonald lost his life tragically and unnecessarily. His death was a wake-up call for our city on an issue that has challenged the city for decades, and brought a renewed commitment to a public conversation about policing and community relations. But more than just breaking from the past, we will continue working together across the city to build a brighter future by restoring trust between residents and our officers, and implementing the reforms necessary to prevent this from happening again.