Seven Officers Face Termination For Fabricating Course Of Events In LaQuan McDonald Shooting
In 2014, unarmed teenager LaQuan McDonald was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke. With reports from other officers stating that McDonald allegedly charged at the police, video footage showed that recollection was false, and saw Van Dyke fire off those fatal shots without being provoked.
Deputy Chief David McNaughton signed off on the report, but has since retired. Now, Chicago’s police superintendent Eddie Johnson, is calling for the termination of seven officers, the Chicago-Tribune reports. In an email, Johnson stated, “While I know that this type of action can come with many questions and varying opinions, please know that these decisions were not made lightly.”
This proposal was also echoed by the city’s Inspector General Joseph Ferguson after he shared a report on the falsification of what happened that night, and why the officers should be fired.
Chicago’s police board will review the recommendations. Van Dyke faces first-degree murder charges.