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Over 1,000 protesters marched through streets near Chicago’s City Hall on Wednesday, blocking traffic on the busiest area of the city and demanding the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel. 

The protest followed the release of a video showing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooted 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in October 2014, said to have been carrying a folding knife but appeared to be walking away in the video. 

The crowd condemned the mayor for covering up the murder and wanted him to resign, also for his failure in "supervision and leadership" over the police department.

"I'm here to join with over 1,000 people in condemning Mayor Emanuel for the cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald by the Chicago police one year ago. There are protests happening everyday," said Joe Iosbaker, a local resident. 

Though mayor Rahm Emanuel publicly apologized for the fatal police shootings during a special City Council meeting, saying he owed it and took responsibility for what happened, hours before the demonstration. But it did not stop the angry protesters. 

"The majority of the citizens and the people of Chicago think he should resign because he is clearly implicated in covering up this terrible crime," Joe said. 

Latest poll shows the supporting rate for the mayor has dropped to 18 percent, and over half of the interviewed citizens think he should take responsibility for the cruel shootings, one of the cases of police brutality in recent years.
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