Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Prosecutors must prove that March, Walsh, Gaffney, and any other people that could be later added to the indictment knowingly and intentionally falsified the record to stymie investigations into Van Dyke's actions.

It's an issue that City Hall finally acknowledged amid the fallout over the McDonald scandal. The indictment also notes that "others known and unknown" to the grand jury aided the conspiracy, implying that the case could expand.

Three Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on state felony charges for allegedly conspiring to cover up the shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder in 2015 after a judge ordered dashcam footage of the 2014 shooting of the black teen be released.

All of these claims were revealed to be lies upon the release of a dashcam video that showed McDonald's final moments.

The charges noted, however, that several undisclosed supervisors completed or approved some of the falsified police reports.

All three officers were on scene the night of the shooting, Holmes told reporters.

According to Buzzfeed, the felony charges the officers face each carry fines of $25,000 and up to three to five years in prison. So far, no one has been arrested but they'll have to appear at an arraignment July 10.

The Fraternal Order of Police's Chicago President Kevin Graham declined comment, saying the union hasn't reviewed the indictment and doesn't comment on ongoing investigations.

October 20: Van Dyke fatally shoots McDonald after responding to a call about a teenager breaking into cars.

"Apparently, the rule of law is trumped by special interest groups and politicians", he said.

Do you think a "code of silence" is a norm in any job? "That gives good officers the excuse to come forward and say I am not going to risk my family, risk my job".

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown-Holmes spoke at a Tuesday news conference after announcing the indictment. Van Dyke started shooting the moment he got out of his patrol vehicle, not stopping when McDonald fell to the ground. Gaffney was one of the officers who had responded to reports that McDonald was slashing tires.

April 12: A task force established by Emanuel to look into police practices in the wake of the McDonald shooting says the department must acknowledge its racist past and overhaul its handling of excessive force allegations. Their false statements included that Van Dyke had been injured by McDonald, who was swinging a knife "in an aggressive manner".

The Cook County grand jury indictment alleges that the three officers - David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney - were at the scene of the killing and worked together to hide crucial facts in the initial police report. It also alleges that the officers chose not to identify or interview witnesses or preserve physical evidence, and that they deleted communications with other officers. Two of the indicted officers are no longer with the department.

Both resigned following the inspector general's recommendation that they be fired, the newspaper said.

Johnson said his department "has fully cooperated with prosecutors and will continue to do so". In August a year ago Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson recommended that seven officers accused of lying about the shooting be dismissed, based on a report from the city's inspector general.

The indictments are the latest outcome of a shooting that threw policing and politics into upheaval 19 months ago.

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