Chance the Rapper references Laquan McDonald case on ‘SNL’

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NEW YORK – Chicago musician Chance the Rapper made a reference to the police shooting of Laquan McDonald during a performance on “Saturday Night Live.”

Introduced by host Chris Hemsworth and sporting a White Sox cap, Chance the Rapper sang his new tune, “Sunday Candy,” alongside a band and small choir. During the performance he acknowledged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of McDonald.

“I’ve been waiting all week. I’ve been waiting all night. Jason Van Dyke,” he sang. “Had to say something on Saturday; see you at church on Sunday.”

The shooting led to numerous protests in Chicago after the city released a dash-cam video of the incident in which the teen is seen walking away from officers before Van Dyke fires upon him 16 times. The unrest eventually led to the firing of police superintendent Garry McCarthy.

Saturday’s episode featured Hemsworth, star of the new film “In the Heart of the Sea,” and welcomed back Will Ferrell as the comedian and “SNL” alumnus reprised his role as George W. Bush.

Watch Chance the Rapper’s performance in the video above.