Chicago Police Accused Of Deleting Footage Of Laquan McDonald’s Murder
A local Chicago Burger King manager previously made shocking claims against officers involved in the shooting of Laquan McDonald.
According to a district manager for the fast food restaurant in the proximity of the shooting, shortly after the 17-year-old was shot officers entered the store to view surveillance footage.
Later after they reviewed it for THREE HOURS, it was discovered that 86 minutes of video was missing.
Earlier this year, a Chicago-area district manager for the food chain told NBC5 Investigates that Chicago police officers deleted footage from the security camera.
The 86-minutes of missing video runs from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., according to the lawyers for McDonald’s family.
On the night of the shooting, McDonald was trailed by Chicago police officers through the Burger King parking lot after a call about a man with a knife, according to attorneys for the McDonald family.
Just south of the restaurant, McDonald, who was armed with a knife, was shot after police on the scene said he posed a “very serious threat” to the officer’s safety.
After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment.
Three hours later they left, he said.
The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that 86 minutes of the video were missing.
According to a State Attorney however, there’s no evidence that the footage had been tampered with.
Via NBC Chicago:
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez on Tuesday addressed questions surrounding missing footage from a security camera located fewer than 100 yards from where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by a police officer last year.
Alvarez, in response to a question from NBC 5 Political Editor Carol Marin, said forensic testing was done on surveillance footage from a Burger King restaurant close to where the shooting took place to determine if the video had been “tampered with.”
Wow! How convenient that the footage got deleted after the police stopped by, that DEFINITELY sounds like a cover up.
Protestors are now marching peacefully in Chicago in Laquan’s memory.
Do YOU think the Chicago cops tampered with evidence???