WATCH The Just-Released Police Shooting Video That Has Chicago In Chaos

Chicago simmered Wednesday after Tuesday’s release of a graphic video that shows a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times.

On Tuesday, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder in connection with the October 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, 17. He was ordered held without bond over the Thanksgiving weekend.

(Warning: Graphic Content; Relevant footage begins at 4:33)

High tensions and high numbers filled Chicago streets in protest Tuesday night, but no major incidents were reported. Activists said protests would continue throughout the week, including plans for protests in downtown Chicago on Friday to disrupt Friday’s holiday shopping

“The officer in this case took a young man’s life, and he’s going to have to account for his actions,” said Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy on Tuesday. “People have a right to be angry, people have a right to protest. We knew this day was coming. We’ve been prepared for this day coming for quite some time.”

McDonald’s family had asked for calm, as did city officials.

“No one understands the anger more than us but if you choose to speak out, we urge you to be peaceful,” said a statement the family released Tuesday. “Don’t resort to violence in Laquan’s name, let his legacy be better than that.”

The video shows McDonald, armed with a knife, initially running, then walking away from officers responding to a call about cars being broken into. In the video, Van Dyke exits his vehicle. McDonald does not stop. Van Dyke opens fire. McDonald is hit and falls to the ground. Van Dyke keeps firing. Bullets keep hitting McDonald until Van Dyke stops to reload.

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Van Dyke’s first shot was fired six seconds after he left his vehicle. She said Van Dyke fired for about 14 or 15 seconds, and that for 13 of those seconds, McDonald was on the ground.

Van Dyke joined the Chicago Police Department in 2001 and formerly served in its Targeted Response Unit, which responded to spikes in crime in Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for her husband’s bond.

“He is a highly decorated and respected officer,” Tiffany Van Dyke wrote. “He was in a shooting that has been covered extensively by the media and we ask for your patience for all the facts to come out in the trial. We want him to be home with his family as we go through this judicial process.”

The case against Van Dyke has been months in the making. Alvarez said she filed charges this week after the video released Tuesday was ruled to be a public document.

Chicago has already paid McDonald’s family $5 million in damages in response to the shooting.

h/t: Chicago Tribune

WATCH What Happens When Walmart Shoppers Catch Thug Who Stole 84-Yr-Old Woman’s Purse

When shoppers at a Texas Walmart witnessed a man steal an 84 year-old woman’s purse, they leapt into action.

Several customers at the Bellmead Walmart, near Waco, chased the man outside of the store and surrounded and tried to subdue him. Cellphone video of the incident shows a woman standing nearby aiming a handgun at the man, as well.

The alleged thief then managed to break away and began running. The woman with the gun fired a shot over the man’s head, causing him to drop briefly to the ground, which allowed his pursuers enough time to catch him and detain him.

ABC 13 reports that “[p]olice arrested 27-year-old Andre Dawson, and recovered the purse he allegedly stole from the elderly woman.”

Dawson is currently in the McLennan County Jail Monday in lieu of $2,000 bond, charged with theft of less than $100, according to KWTX-TV.

KWTX-TV reports:

The case of a woman who fired a shot as a suspected purse thief fled in the parking lot of the Bellmead Walmart Supercenter will be forwarded to a grand jury, police said Monday.

The woman, whose name has not been released, went to the Bellmead Police Department Friday night.

“She was released pending further investigation,” police said in a press release Monday afternoon.

Once the investigation is completed, “the case will be forwarded to the grand jury,” police said.

A witness said, the woman could be seen watching the chase unfold, then parking her truck and getting out with her handgun. After the incident was over, she calmly returned to her truck and drove away.

h/t: TheBlaze

Watch: Trump Just Roasted Hillary Over The Flames With 15 Devastating Seconds She Wishes Didn’t Exist

One presidential candidate’s latest campaign ad aims to prove that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s ongoing scandals are no laughing matter

The latest round of political hardball came in the form of a presidential campaign ad from Republican candidate Donald Trump. He is targeting Clinton, the Democratic front-runner.

“Hillary has been having a laugh at our expense for years,” the text reads as the Trump campaign video opens.

The video, posted Monday online, features Clinton laughing and chuckling as headlines of various controversies roll across the screen. Then, the video takes Clinton’s laughter during her testimony before the House Subcommittee on Benghazi in October and overlays it with images of the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi burning.

The video ends with the text “Don’t let the joke be on us!”

The ad refers to every scandal Clinton has been implicated in, as far back as the Whitewater real estate and banking scandal that dates back to the 1970s and 1980s. Clinton was never prosecuted for her role in that controversy, although several of her close friends and associates were convicted of various crimes.

Neither has Clinton been charged in any wrongdoing regarding the handling of her personal email server or her actions relating to terrorism that struck the Benghazi embassy and left four Americans dead. However, there are ongoing investigations, and congressional panels are looking into those instances.

This isn’t the first time Trump has hit hard at political opponents. He has posted videos over the past few months questioning the past of retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson, who is polling second to Trump nationally. He also released a video critical of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush regarding his stance on illegal immigration, insinuating that the former governor is soft on the issue because he is married to a Hispanic woman.

Clinton’s campaign has not responded to Trump’s latest campaign ad.

Breaking: Numerous Hostages Taken In France, Including Children- Situation Ongoing

As the capital city of neighboring Belgium remains locked down amid security concerns, France is once again the scene of what is being described in developing reports as a hostage situation.

The developing narrative comes less than two weeks after a series of deadly terrorist attacks in Paris.

CBS News’ Dave Seglins was among several reporters using Twitter to disseminate information as it became available Tuesday afternoon.

Though initial concerns unsurprisingly centered around yet another terrorist attack, subsequent reports suggest the violent standoff was prompted by a criminal act, i.e., a robbery.

Tears For Gosnell’s House Of Horrors

I recently saw the documentary “3801 Lancaster: An American Tragedy.” I went home and cried. I don’t mean tears of joy. No, I cried.

The last time I cried was when my dad died. The last time before that I can easily remember crying was when I was in the fifth grade and a friend was struck by a car and killed.

“3801 Lancaster” is about the work of physician Kermit Gosnell. Dr. Gosnell performed late-term abortions, the abortions that most other providers refused to do but for which they would refer clients to Gosnell. But it was not late-term abortions that led to the search warrant of Gosnell’s establishment; it was a drug investigation. The Philadelphia police who had seen a lot in their work on the streets had never seen anything like what they found at the address of 3801 Lancaster.

Who Should be America’s Next President? Take this short survey and let us know!

What they found was a filthy medical facility. For example, a cat roamed freely, and there were uncleaned litter boxes through the building. There was nothing that even remotely approached sterile. Indeed, only one pair of surgical scissors was found in the entire establishment. But the unsanitary conditions were just the beginning.

There were dozens of frozen human fetuses whose spinal cords had been severed by being cut with scissors. These were human babies who would have been able to survive outside the womb. Gosnell justified severing the spinal cords as doing so would end the pain the baby was experiencing. There were specimen jars with human feet saved in them, some of them labeled with the names of clients. One of Gosnell’s victims came to learn that her name was on one of these jars. Gosnell had saved the feet of her baby. Imagine the horror and shock of learning that! During the investigation, it was also found that some women had died as a result of the procedures performed on them at Gosnell’s facility.

The documentary made me think of the book “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote to persuade those who were “moderates” on the issue of slavery that slavery was evil. These moderates personally would not own slaves, and wished it was not in their community, but thought that it was a necessary evil that could not be eliminated. Stowe wanted those readers to know that their refusal to oppose all slavery promoted the worst of slavery.

Read: Abortion’s Slippery Slope

Read: Abortion’s Slippery Slope

We have a parallel situation today. There are moderates who are uncomfortable with abortion, and wish it were not in their community, but do not want to deny people access to abortion. While troubling, they think there is little wrong with first-trimester abortions done in ostensibly warm, fuzzy, clean clinics. However, the warm and fuzzy clinics supported Gosnell—referring many patients to him. Those who want to think of themselves as moderates are in league with the extremists. Anything less than support for the freedom of all was support for Simon LeGree—the brutal Louisiana plantation owner in Beecher Stowe’s classic. Anything less than support for the right to life is support for the Gosnells of the world.

Gosnell’s facility was able to operate for decades because the government of the state of Pennsylvania had a policy of not inspecting abortion facilities. The government officials believed that some facilities would fail inspections. Closing, or temporarily shutting down, abortion facilities would make it harder for some women to obtain abortions. Clearly these officials, such as Governor Tom Ridge, were not concerned with women’s health. Many of them were pro-abortion, wanting abortions to take place even in facilities that would fail inspection.

Many women and men have been victims of the abortion industry and suffer from guilt. Forgiveness can be obtained. For those who need help in finding forgiveness beyond the spiritual realm, I recommend calling your local crisis pregnancy center. They are staffed by caring people who will not judge. Most centers have people on their staff who have been through abortions and found forgiveness.

Healing and forgiveness can be found, even with tragedies like 3801 Lancaster.