Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, was charged with first-degree murder Tuesday over the shooting death of black teen Laquan McDonald. That news was enough to inflame the community, but it was quickly followed by dash cam video of the incident, showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald, who was carrying a knife, 16 times.

Demand for the video was so great that many received error messages while attempting to view it. The Daily Beast, however, decided not only to post the video but create an animated GIF of the shooting for its Twitter feed — a move that many found distasteful at best to offensive at worst.

Hacktivist group Anonymous threatened to “destroy” the Daily Beast’s Twitter account if the GIF wasn’t taken down.


Daily Beast editor-at-large Goldie Taylor has just announced that the magazine is deleting the GIF.