Three Chicago police officers were indicted for an alleged cover-up of the Laquan McDonald shooting death by Officer Jason Van Dyke in 2014.
Detective David March, Officers Joseph Walsh (Van Dyke’s partner during night of shooting) and Thomas Gaffney were each charged with official misconduct, obstruction of justice and conspiracy.
Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes said, “The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,’ rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth,” the Chicago Tribune reports.
“Police dashcam video of Van Dyke shooting the black teen 16 times as he walked away from police while holding a knife has caused a firestorm of controversy and led to calls for major reforms of the Police Department. The accounts of several officers dramatically differed from the dashcam video.”
“Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on the same day in November 2015 that the video was released on the order of a Cook County judge. Van Dyke is still awaiting trial,” the Chicago Tribune reports.