The cover-up of the killing of Laquan McDonald.

400 days

-Curtis Black, Chicago Reporter

It was just about a year ago that a city whistleblower came to journalist Jamie Kalven and attorney Craig Futterman out of concern that Laquan McDonald’s shooting a few weeks earlier “wasn’t being vigorously investigated,” as Kalven recalls. The source told them “that there was a video and that it was horrific,” he said.

Without that whistleblower—and without that video—it’s highly unlikely that Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke would be facing first-degree murder charges today.

“When it was first reported it was a typical police shooting story,” Kalven said, where police claim self-defense and announce an investigation, and “at that point the story disappears.” And, typically, a year or 18 months later, the Independent Police Review Authority confirms the self-defense claim, and “by then no one remembers the initial incident.”

“There are an average of 50 police shootings of civilians every year in Chicago, and no one is ever charged,” said Futterman. “Without the video, this would have been just one more of 50 such incidents, where the police blotter defines the narrative and nothing changes.”

Read the entire article here.

2 thoughts on “The cover-up of the killing of Laquan McDonald.

  1. I hope he sings and all those involved come to light. He had nothing to lose. A corrupt cop in prison won’t last long especially after murdering a black kid.

  2. There are so many other people who need to go down for this. Every single cop on the scene aided and abetted this guy. The DA’s office. Rahm, of course. And I’m a union supporter, but the police union makes that difficult sometimes.

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