Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted

Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted

Chicago police cite reforms after 3 indicted

Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer accused of murder in the shooting of McDonald, was charged in March with 16 new counts of aggravated battery.

The indictment alleges that the three "current or former" officers - identified as Detective David March and Patrol Officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney - gave false reports and information, failed to correct false information, and failed to locate and interview three witnesses to the shooting, whose accounts contradicted their false reports.

Three current or former Chicago Police officers have been indicted on state charges of conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in regard to the investigation of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

A scathing Justice Department report released in the final days of the Obama administration concluded that the Chicago Police Department "engages in a pattern or practice of the use of excessive force".

March, Walsh and Gaffney 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. "We will also continue to implement meaningful reforms that build community trust, provide greater training and resources to our dedicated officers, and make Chicago safer". The inaccurate story stated that McDonald was lunging toward Van Dyke and slashing a knife when he shot him.

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham said in a statement that the FOP was aware of the charges, but declined to comment further.

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The indictment charged that March, the lead detective, and Walsh and Gaffney made false police reports, ignored contrary evidence and obstructed justice "to shield" Van Dyke from criminal investigation and prosecution.

The officers allegedly lied about what occurred and mischaracterized the video recordings so that investigators would not know what happened and that the public would not see the video recordings, Holmes claims. The trio is scheduled to appear voluntarily at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse for their arraignment at 9am local time on July 10th.

Three police officers have been charged with conspiracy to protect their fellow cop after the death of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald.

The three charges each carry penalties of three to five years in prison and possible fines up to $25,000. In August a year ago Chicago Police Chief Eddie Johnson recommended that seven officers accused of lying about the shooting be dismissed, based on a report from the city's inspector general.

Brown told reporters that the three men are not in custody.

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