IL: Three Chicago cops indicted in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

Source: Chicago Tribune

“Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring to cover up alleged wrongdoing by Officer Jason Van Dyke in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Detective David March and patrol Officers Joseph Walsh, Van Dyke’s partner that night in 2014, and Thomas Gaffney were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. … Police dashcam video of Van Dyke shooting the black teen 16 times as he walked away from police while holding a knife has caused a firestorm of controversy and led to calls for major reforms of the Police Department. The accounts of several officers dramatically differed from the dashcam video. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on the same day in November 2015 that the video was released on the order of a Cook County judge. Van Dyke is still awaiting trial.” (06/27/17)