A breath of relief went over on the McDonald family in Chicago as there are new developments on the 2014 incident which caused the death of 17-year-old African American teen Laquan McDonald. Three current and former Chicago police officers were charged with conspiring to cover up the shooting just this Tuesday.
According to a report from Reuters, detective David March and Officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney were charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. The prosecutor handling the case was Patricia Brown Holmes.
“The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,’ rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth,” prosecutor Holmes said in a statement.
The indictments originates from the 2014 Chicago black shooting case that revolved around the death of McDonald. The shooting took place on Oct. 20, 2014 at Chicago, Illinois and McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was charged with first-degree murder in November 2015 at the Cook County Jail.
Van Dyke was held without bail but he was released on bail on Nov. 30. The officer shot the teen because he was in possession of a folded knife.
The three officers then allegedly conspired to hide the facts surrounding the murder just to protect their fellow officer. According to the indictment as per Reuters, the three officers lied about what happened and mischaracterized the video recording.
The initial police report on the incident claims that the teen was acting crazed and he lunged at the police officer. However, this was not the case as seen in the video.
The three police officers have been in the line of work for 30 and 20 years. They are all expected to be arraigned on July 10.
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