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The Chicago Police Board dismisses 4 police officers for their role as "cover-up officer" in the deadly shootout on Laquan McDonald



The board said Sgt. Stephen Franko, officer Janet Mondragon, officer Daphne Sebastian, and officer Ricardo Viramontes are "being fired from the Chicago Police Department."

In its decision, the board concluded that the officers "violated their duty" by describing the alleged menace. McDonald exaggerated and without relevant facts that support the opposite conclusion. The overall impression based on this selective statement is both misleading and wrong. "

Mr. McDonald was the attacker and Officer Van Dyke was the victim – a representation that is totally contrary to reality – in simple terms, the officers wanted to help their fellow officer (Jason Van Dyke) and described the incident so that he would be in the The list was the best possible light, "wrote the board.

The board is an independent civil institution that decides on police disciplinary cases. A police union spokesman immediately returned a telephone call and an email from CNN to comment.

  Laquan McDonald and Jason Van Dyke

The police initially reported that McDonald had voiced a knife to Van Dyke six seconds after disembarking from his patrol car To open fire. In October 2014, he shot 16 times on McDonald.

Thirteen months later, a judge ordered the release of the grainy police camera material from the dashboard for the shootings. The footage showed McDonald how he walked away from the officers instead of attacking them.
The video of the shootings provoked protests, an investigation into the civil rights of the Ministry of Justice, criticism of the mayor of the city and finally the overthrow of the police chief. It also triggered the fierce statewide talk about police shootings.

The case constituted a referendum on the so-called "Code of Silence" of Chicago police officers and their alleged readiness to protect each other.

Last year, Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder 16 counts of aggravated battery. Van Dyke was sentenced to 81 months in jail in January.
In a separate case, a judge found that three other Chicago police officers were not guilty of hiding details of the McDonald's murder. Former Detective David March, former Officer Joseph Walsh and Officer Thomas Gaffney were charged with falsifying police reports to protect Van Dyke.

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