By Amanda Wicks
A moment in Chicago two years continues to resonate with Vic Mensa, so much so that he focused on it in his latest video “16 Shots.”
In 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by police officers. They claimed he had a knife and was walking away from them despite calls to stop, but dash-cam footage revealed they continued to shoot him after initial bullets incapacitated him (via The Guardian). In Mensa’s latest video, he makes a powerful statement about police brutality by resisting it at every turn.
Mensa wears a black hoodie labeled with the words “Resist,” as he walks down the street. Once police set upon him and begin kicking, punching and beating him, he doesn’t let their actions sway him. He intercuts his own resistance with dash-cam footage of McDonald’s shooting to hammer home his point. The video was directed by Ace Norton (via CoS).
Before dropping the video today (October 24), Vic tweeted on October 20 to commemorate the day McDonald died. “On this day in 2014 Laquan McDonald was murdered by the Chicago Police. We have not forgotten & will continue to fight for justice
#16Shots” he wrote.
The video is streaming exclusively on TIDAL, watch the explicit video below.
On this day in 2014 Laquan McDonald was murdered by the Chicago Police. We have not forgotten & will continue to fight for justice #16Shots—
vino (@VicMensa) October 21, 2016