A day after Chicago police officials released graphic video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down by a Chicago police officer, President Barack Obama took to Facebook express concern.
Like many Americans, I was deeply disturbed by the footage of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who’ve suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor. And I’m personally grateful to the people of my hometown for keeping protests peaceful.
Chicago is Obama’s adopted home. First Lady Michelle Obama is a Chicago native and their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were both born in the city, which has been racked by violence in recent years.
The post, which went out about 7 p.m. ET, garnered 18,000 likes and 1.6k shares. Needless to say, most commenters agreed with Obama.
“President Obama, I agree,” wrote Nita Thomas Dye. “This Thanksgiving I will be praying for our troops and our citizens to be safe and peaceful. I support you, sir. I hope you and the family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!”
“I am former Law Enforcement,” wrote Terrence Parker. “It’s hard to be thankful to those who are taking our lives. I don’t even trust something that I use to be. There’s no excuse for all this outrage from law enforcement. They are there to serve & protect. That’s not being done.”
See the post here.