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Laquan McDonald case update: Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommends firing seven officers

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Fourth Estate Staff

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended that seven police officials should be fired due to the shooting death of the black teenager, Laquan McDonald, shot to death by one of the cops responding at the scene.

Initially, the city’s Office of the Inspector General wanted to fire eight officers but the Chicago Police Department disagreed with the recommendation about one of the cops. The 2014 shooting’s dashcam video was released recently and it contradicted the statements of the cops. As per their statements, they said that McDonald was a threat and was lunging towards police officials but as per the dashcam video, the teenager was seen walking away from the cops as he held a knife.

One of the officers, Jason Van Dyke, then got out of his vehicle and pulled his gun out. He fired at McDonald many times just six seconds after he arrived at the scene. The other police officers were waiting for other responding officers as they requested for a Taser . A total of 16 bullets struck McDonald and as per the video, Van Dyke continued to fire at the teen even after he was on the ground.

Aside from lying about what really happened that evening, police officials were also alleged of pressuring witnesses to change their stories in order to match the official reports. At least three witnesses were questioned regarding the killing of McDonald.

One of the reports reads: “In defense of his life, Van Dyke backpedaled and fired his handgun at McDonald, to stop the attack. McDonald fell to the ground but continued to move and continued to grasp the knife, refusing to let go of it.”

Due to this, the officers have violated Rule 14, which prohibits making false reports, be it oral or written. The request of Johnson will have to go to the Chicago Police Board, which will then determine the fates of the seven cops.

As for Van Dyke, he was the first Chicago officer charged with first-degree murder since 1980. He has not pleaded guilty to the six counts of first-degree murder he is facing. If convicted, he could face life in prison.

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