Chicago PD Seeks to Fire 5 Cops in Laquan McDonald Case

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The Chicago Police Department formally moved Tuesday to fire five officers in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald — including Officer Jason Van Dyke, who fired at the knife-wielding teen 16 times — and four other officers who allegedly lied in their accounts of what happened, reports the city’s Sun-Times. The Chicago Police Board, which metes out discipline in cases of alleged officer misconduct, received administrative charges seeking the firings of Van Dyke, Sgt. Stephen Franko and Officers Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon and Ricardo Viramontes. They are accused of lying about the 2014 shooting and also were found at fault for failing to ensure the audio was working on their in-car video cameras. Only two of the five police vehicles on the scene of the shooting captured video, and none had audio.

The disciplinary action follows a harsh report on the McDonald case by the city’s inspector general, who recommended that police Superintendent Eddie Johnson fire 10 officers. Some of the officers who came under criticism in the inspector general’s report have resigned, including a deputy chief, David McNaughton, and another officer. In addition, Van Dyke’s partner, Joseph Walsh, resigned this month. In May, a fourth police official named in the report, Lt. Anthony Wojcik, retired. McDonald, who was holding a knife, was shot and killed by Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014. Van Dyke was charged with murder in November 2015, on the same day the city released video of the encounter.

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