Special Grand Jury To Probe Possible McDonald Cover-Up

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A special grand jury will be impaneled to investigate a possible cover-up by Chicago police in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald at the request of a special prosecutor appointed in July to investigate the case, the Chicago Tribune reports. Patricia Brown Holmes, the special prosecutor, said she has enough evidence to present to a grand jury as she made her request that one be convened.

Judge LeRoy Martin Jr., who appointed Holmes, said he would convene the special grand jury in the next two weeks to hear evidence. Holmes, a former Cook County judge, said a grand jury investigation would be the fairest way to handle the case rather than making a decision to bring charges on her own. “In a decision that’s this weighty and important, I think the public would want to have some oversight,” Holmes said of her decision to use a grand jury. “It’s fair and it’s impartial and it lends credibility to the process.” Martin named Holmes to look into whether the officers lied to justify the 2014 shooting of the 17-year-old. Her investigation also could extend to police supervisors who were involved. Last month, police Superintendent Eddie Johnson moved to fire four patrol officers and a sergeant he accused of lying about the shooting.

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