CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s police superintendent says he will recommend the firing of seven officers involved in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Thursday said he was accepting the recommendations of the city’s inspector general who concluded that the officers filed false police reports. Johnson’s recommendation will go to the city’s Police Board for a final decision.
Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 shooting death of McDonald. Video released a year after McDonald’s death showed he wasn’t threatening Van Dyke before the officer shot him 16 times at close range.
The officers’ reports appeared to contradict what can be seen on the video.
Johnson’s announcement comes days after the police department received the inspector general’s report.