The expected release next week of a video showing a white Chicago police officer shooting an African-American teenager to death in October 2014 will cast a spotlight on Chicago during a raging national debate on police use of lethal force against minorities.

The police dashboard-camera video, expected to be released no later than Wednesday, allegedly shows officer firing 16 rounds into Laquan McDonald, 17, as he lay face down.

The city had opposed the release of the potentially inflammatory video, citing criminal investigations of Officer Jason Van Dyke, but it dropped its opposition after a Cook County judge last week ordered that the video be made public by Wednesday.

Torreya Hamilton, a civil rights lawyer who has sued the Chicago Police Department, said the city’s efforts to fight the video release reflect a persistent problem with transparency in contrast with some other major cities.

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