16 Reports Released On The Shooting Death Of Laquan McDonald – CBS Chicago
Sixteen police reports, one for each officer accused in the cover-up.
OIG: Van Dyke knew that McDonald was armed with a knife but he said he recalled a bulletin like this warning of a weapon that appeared to be a knife but was capable of firing a bullet. @cbschicago pic.twitter.com/4fCuMBDjmz
— Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) October 9, 2019
It also thoroughly documents the ways that the OIG said Van Dyke’s police officer colleagues lied for him, filed false reports, failed to activate cameras and even loaded the batteries in their microphones upside down.
The OIG said their actions prevented CPD from collecting potentially important, objective evidence of the McDonald shooting. Leading to heightened public outrage.
The video evidence that does exist proved many statements wrong. Including the claim by several officers that McDonald was walking towards them when he was shot, when in fact he was walking away.
Several officers also falsely stated that they heard Van Dyke say “drop the knife.”
So what happened to those recommendations?
You’ll remember that in January 2019, three current and former officers were acquitted of criminal charges.
They were officer Joseph Walsh, Officer Thomas Gaffney and ex-detective David March.
Other officers have retired or resigned. Of the remaining officers, CPD said Dora Fontaine is the only one still employed by the Chicago Police Department. The CPD members who were fired this summer have filed lawsuits fighting their termination.