Chicago Police Take Steps To Fire Officers Involved In Laquan McDonald Case
It’s been nearly two years, but the fallout from Laquan McDonald’s death at the hands of Chicago police is far from over. Out of the ten officers that were involved in McDonald’s killing, and cover-up that followed, five are now being brought before the Chicago Police Board for possible termination at the request of Supt. Eddie Johnson.
According to CNN, the five officers on the chopping block includes Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian, Ricardo Viramontes and Sgt. Stephen Franko. The proceedings will begin on September 19. Jason Van Dyke, the officer who shot McDonald 16 times on video is also included in the group.
The officers reportedly gave false statements of what occurred that night, which supports the idea that police departments support a culture of silence during instances of wrongdoing and blatant murder of civilians.
Johnson has a lot of ground to cover when it comes to repairing the relationship between Chicago’s citizens and the police that are meant to serve and protect them. Especially while the trial over McDonald’s death is yet to start and is sure to bring tensions to a high point once again.
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