Chicago police officers indicted in Laquan McDonald case

Trevor Jackson
June 28, 2017

Three Chicago Police officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in the October 2014 slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke.

November 24: More than a year after the shooting, Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced she was charging Van Dyke with first-degree murder. Part of the obstruction charges include "mischaracterizing the video recordings", of the occurrence and lie about what really led to the fatal shooting. "R$3 ather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth".

The officers' narratives contradict what can be seen on police dashcam video, in which the teenager spins after he was shot and falls to the ground - seemingly incapacitated - as the officer continues to fire shot after shot into his body.

March 23: A grand jury adds 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm to the first-degree murder charges against Van Dyke in the McDonald shooting.

The indictment accuses the three cops, along with another officer identified only as "Individual A", of trying "to hide the true facts of the events surrounding the killing of LaQuan McDonald.to shield their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution", according to Fox 32.

A special prosecutor overseeing felony charges against three Chicago police officers related to the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald says they won't be arrested and can appear at their arraignments in two weeks.

The court papers said that their goal was "shield their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution" and prevent the public from seeing what happened.

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In the 11-page indictment Van Dyke is referred to as Individual A and as a part of the conspiracy.

The conspiracy was carried out through "various means of communications", the indictment says. All three officers, who each have more than 20 years of experience on the force, are expected to be arraigned July 10th.

"The shooting of Laquan McDonald forever changed the Chicago Police Department and I am committed to implementing policies and training to prevent an incident like this from happening again", police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

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.

The indictment also alleges that the officers failed to locate, identify and interview at least three witnesses whose information was inconsistent to accounts given by members of the police department.

Neslund said he has tried to contact McDonald's mother but has not been successful. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, each of the parties involved can face years in prison.

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