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Chicago Cops Indicted For Laquan McDonald Killing Cover-Up


The family of slain Chicago teen Laquan McDonald may soon see justice after three city police officers were charged with attempting to cover up his shooting death at the hands of the force. Chicago Police Department officers David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney allegedly conspired to hide evidence relating to the killing along with another unnamed officer.

DNAInfo reports:

Three Chicago Police officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiracy, obstruction and misconduct in the October 2014 slaying of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke.

Detective David March and patrol officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney each face felonies for their alleged role in a cover-up surrounding the controversial case.

“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,” said attorney Patricia Brown Holmes, who was appointed to serve as a special prosecutor in the investigation.

The officers are longtime veterans of the force and are expected to appear for arraignment in a Chicago court on July 10 according to reports. Office Van Dyke is facing charges of first-degree murder and official misconduct.

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