Racial tensions soared as officials released a graphic video of a police officer shooting a black teen, shortly after he was charged for the death. Crowds of demonstrators gathered for an organized protest in Chicago, but there were only small scuffles with law enforcement. Shot from an approaching cruiser, it shows McDonald run down the middle of the street towards a cruiser, hitch up his pants and then start to walk away from Van Dyke and his partner.
Britain's finance minister will on Wednesday unveil budgets for government departments over the next five years, in a spending review expected to herald further austerity measures and bitter recriminations. George Osborne, a possible successor to Prime Minister David Cameron and his de facto deputy, is aiming to eliminate Britain's budget deficit and run a surplus by the end of the current parliament in 2020. "As a nation determined to live within our means, we are facing painful choices, and the hardest of decisions," he said last week, referring to the spending review.
By Mary Wisniewski and P.J. Huffstutter CHICAGO (Reuters) - A white Chicago policeman who fatally shot a black teenager was charged with murder on Tuesday, hours before authorities released a long-awaited video that shows the youth walking away from officers as he is slain by a volley of 16 gunshots. The graphic footage of last year's shooting, taken from a camera mounted on the dashboard of a police car and made public under orders from a judge, sparked mostly peaceful street demonstrations in Chicago on Tuesday. The clip showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who authorities said was carrying a pocket knife and had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system, as he was gunned down in the middle of a street on Oct. 20, 2014.