Protests continue after police reports appear to contradict Laquan McDonald video

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Sunday, December 6, 2015
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More protests are planned for Sunday afternoon amid the release of police reports in the Laquan McDonald shooting.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- More protests are planned for Sunday as the Chicago Police Department is facing new criticism regarding post-incident reports from the Laquan McDonald shooting.

The protests, which will begin at 1:30 p.m. at City Hall, are planned to end at the Thompson Center. The rally comes amid community leader concerns over documents that appear to contradict dash-cam video footage of McDonald's shooting death.

The files are labeled "aggravated assault to a police officer, justifiable homicide." It is a conclusion based on reports from Jason Van Dyke and several other officers who witnessed the fatal shooting. Throughout the file, Van Dyke is referred to as the victim while McDonald is referred to as the offender.

Department of Justice officials said Sunday that lawyers are reviewing requests for the department to investigate the Chicago Police Department.

"Civil Rights Division lawyers are reviewing the many requests for an investigation, which is the department's standard process, and the Attorney General is briefed regularly on the review and expects to make a decision very soon," the official said.

"The Justice Department is currently investigating any actions and statements of CPD officers in connection with this shooting. If the criminal investigation concludes that any officer participated in any wrongdoing, we will take swift action," Chicago police officials said in a statement.

Chicago saw more protests on the Magnificent Mile Saturday. A peaceful demonstration followed the release of hundreds of pages of Chicago police reports from the McDonald shooting.

The version of events from Van Dyke and several other officers on scene is quite different than the dash-cam video tape.

"That is a culture of cover up," said Rev. Jesse Jackson. "Those who are aware of it should be aware of it and must held accountable."

Rev. Jackson is calling for all officers who submitted reports that were not truthful to be fired. While the video shows McDonald walking away from the officers, Van Dyke and others claim the 17-year-old "swung his knife at them in an aggressive and exaggerated manner."

Van Dyke said, "McDonald raised the knife across his chest and over his shoulder, pointing the knife at Van Dyke." The report goes on to state that Van Dyke believed McDonald was attacking him with a knife and attempting to kill the officer. "In defense of his life," Van Dyke "back-pedaled and fired his handgun at McDonald to stop the attack."

Saturday, Fraternal Order of Police President Dean Angelo Sr. defended the officers' claims. Angelo says the video does not tell the whole story.

Protesters say the video tells all and it doesn't match up with what the officers said. Angelo insists there is no culture of cover-up within the Chicago Police Department.

"To think police officers show up for work to cover for each other or lie for each other, I think is way off base," Angelo said.

The officers with Van Dyke on the night of the shooting have not been disciplined or put on desk duty. The push for their removal will be the subject of Sunday's march in the Loop.


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