ABC News: Chicago Cops’ Versions of Teen’s Killing at Odds With Video

ABC News recently provided an update to the story of Laquan McDonald:

Police officers who watched a colleague shoot a black Chicago teenager 16 times filed reports depicting a very different version of events than what dashcam footage showed, portraying the teen as far more menacing than he appeared in the video.

The city released hundreds of pages of documents late Friday pertaining to the October 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder last month, only hours before the department released the video under a court order, sparking protests and accusations of a cover-up.

Chicago Sun-Times quoted the Mayor of Chicago, responding then to the investigation by the Federal Government:

“I own the confusion. That’s why I want to clarify and set the record straight. I was answering a question as it relates to and hoping that the investigation by the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago  and the FBI here in Chicago, which started a year ago would wrap up their investigation rather than add one there” in Washington, D.C., Emanuel said.

“As it relates to . . . building the trust between the police department and the community, building also the notion and concept of accountability as well as re-establishing the principle that civil liberties and good public safety go together, I welcome the engagement of the Justice Department.”


The Chicago Sun-Times stated that “Emanuel’s reversal on the call for a Justice Department investigation of the Police Department is much like what he did after a judge ordered the city to release the dashcam video. After spending more than a year trying to keep the video under wraps, he dropped the city’s appeal and released the tape.”

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