Hundreds of pages of newly released Chicago police reports from the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are striking for one simple reason: They are dramatically at odds with the dash-cam video that has prompted sparked protests across the city, cost the city’s top cop his job and embroiled Mayor Rahm Emanuel in scandal, reports the Los Angeles Times. The reports, released by the city Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away. The scenario sketched out by Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.
One officer said McDonald was advancing on the officers in a menacing way and swung his knife at them in an “aggressive, exaggerated manner.” Officers claimed that even after McDonald had been shot by Van Dyke, the teen tried to lift himself off the ground with the knife pointed toward the officers, and though he had been mortally wounded, still presented a threat. The video did not show McDonald lunging toward officers as some of them claimed, although there appears to be a silver object in McDonald’s right hand. The autopsy on McDonald found that he had the drug PCP in his system. The reports hint at how Van Dyke may try to defend his actions and explain a perceived threat.