In October of 2014, Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke murdered Black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Yesterday (May 14), Showtime released a trailer for the upcoming documentary about the shooting. “16 Shots,” directed by Academy Award-nominated Rick Rowley, examines the city’s cover-up of the crime.
Premiering June 14, the film dissects the conspiracy, which critics say bridged the police department, the mayor’s office and the county prosecutor’s office. Rowley also examines the protests that emerged from the shooting death and taps the eyewitness accounts that led to Van Dyke’s conviction.
“The shooting of Laquan McDonald tore up Chicago in ways the city is still processing today,” Vinnie Malhotra, executive vice president of nonfiction programming at Showtime Networks Inc. said in the statement. “With ‘16 Shots,’ Rick Rowley and his team deliver an unflinching and deep look at one of the most notorious police shootings in our history.”
Watch the official trailer: