CHICAGO — The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the city of Chicago’s inspector general is recommending at least 10 officers involved in the Laquan McDonald case be fired or severely disciplined.
The Sun-Times is also reporting the deputy chief who signed off the McDonald police report is among the first casualties of Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s effort to clean house. That deputy retired this past Friday.
The initial McDonald police report cleared the officer who opened fire, Jason Van Dyke, of any wrongdoing.
According to the Sun-Times the report originally said: “Officer Van Dyke fired his weapon in fear of his life when the offender while armed with a knife continued to approach and refused all verbal direction.”
But dashcam video of the shooting does not support that account. McDonald was not approaching Van Dyke when he opened fired.
And upon release of the video, Van Dyke was charged with murder.
Back in July, a judge announced a special prosecutor would investigate the officers whose account of the shooting different with the dashcam footage.
Late last year, the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, asked the Chicago Inspector General to review the involvement of other officers in the McDonald case. That is why there the actions of others involved in the case were looked at.
Chicago Police Dept have not commented.