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Four Chicago police officers fired for cover-up in Laquan McDonald killing


Added 07-19-19 02:10:08am EST - “A Chicago police panel on Thursday fired four officers over the shooting death o...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Four Chicago police officers fired for cover-up in Laquan McDonald...”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

(Reuters) - A Chicago police panel on Thursday fired four officers over the shooting death of a black teenager, Laquan McDonald, in 2014, a case that highlighted racial tension in the United States’ third-largest city.

The release of dashboard video of the shooting in November 2015 ignited many protests in the city, and calls for the resignation of then Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The video had a key role in Thursday’s decision, as the images it revealed contradicted police reports, the nine-member city police panel found in a decision released online.

“Each respondent’s misconduct is incompatible with continued service as an officer and warrants a penalty of discharge from the Chicago Police Department,” the Police Board of the City of Chicago said in its 55-page decision.

The panel fired the officers for violating the police code of conduct in the alleged cover-up of the death of McDonald, 17, who was carrying a knife, but walking away from officers when he was shot 16 times by police.

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