Men who fought for release of police shooting tape call for reforms

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CHICAGO -- The freelance journalist who helped fight to get the videotaped police shooting of Laquan McDonald released says he hopes the case will lead to reforms in the Chicago Police Department.

Brandon Smith says, even though McDonald's family did not want the video made public, he believes it had to be done.

"I do understand the perspective (of) not wanting their son to become the poster child of police reform," Smith said.  "(But) the fact remains that people we entrust in our society with lethal force are not held to account and we think that a video can help demand that."

At a City Hall news conference Wednesday,  Smith and community activist Willie Calloway, who spearheaded the effort to make the video public, said there also needs to be major reform at the Chicago Independent Police Review Authority.  IPRA investigates police-involved shootings.

Smith says all but one of 400 police shootings he has examined has been ruled justified by the authority.

Calloway says there needs to be more civilian oversight of police shootings.