Three Cops Indicted in Alleged Laquan McDonald Cover-Up

The officers are accused of conspiring to protect each other and other officers by falsifying police reports to portray Van Dyke and themselves as victims of an assault by McDonald, and ignoring any information or evidence that contradicted their story.The three officers conspired to hide the true facts surrounding McDonald’s killing in order to protect their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution, the indictment said.Three current or former Chicago police officers were charged with multiple felonies Tuesday in connection with their involvement in the investigation into the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.In November 2015, dash cam video was released of the shooting showing McDonald being shot while he was running away from officers-leading to widespread protests in downtown Chicago. “R$3 ather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth”.All three were expected to appear voluntarily for arraignment at 9 a.m. on July 10, according to Holmes. The report claimed that McDonald lunged at Van Dyke with a knife before he was shot down.The officers also gave false descriptions of video footage in an attempt to throw off investigators and block its public release, the indictment alleges. The accounts of several officers dramatically differed from the dashcam video.Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson responded to the charges by vowing to prevent another tragedy like the McDonald shooting, which he said, “forever changed the Chicago Police Department”.The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, which collectively bargains for rank-and-file Chicago officers, said that they “have not reviewed the indictment and, as general practice, we do not comment on ongoing investigations”, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.Cook County Judge LeRoy K. Martin, Jr. ruled in September to convene a grand jury to hear evidence against the Chicago Police officers on the scene the night Laquan McDonald was killed. He says that the police force needs “complete and total reform”. Not long after, the Justice Department began a probe into the Chicago police, concluding this year that the department has a pattern of routinely using excessive force and violating the rights of minority residents. Their false statements included that Van Dyke had been injured by McDonald, who was swinging a knife “in an aggressive manner”.Fatal shootings and other forms of violence by United States police against people of color have sparked protests across the USA in recent years.The conspiracy was carried out through “various means of communications”, the indictment says.A grand jury investigation into the case is continuing, Holmes said.Van Dyke, meanwhile, is waiting to go to trial. Gaffney remains but, per department policy, has been suspended because of the felony indictment.The report also alleged that the code of silence pervades the department, protecting cops from the consequences of their actions, with little threat of discipline for officers who lie.