Three Chicago officers indicted in shooting cover-up probe
Three current or former Chicago Police officers were indicted Tuesday on felony charges related to a conspiracy to cover up the circumstances surrounding another officer’s fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes announced the charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice against Detective David March and patrol Officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney.
The indictments represent the latest fallout for the department related to the 2014 shooting, which prompted the dismissal of the former police superintendent, protests across the city after video of the shooting was released, and murder charges against the officer involved.
According to the indictment, the officers conspired to “shield their fellow officer from criminal investigation and prosecution,” lied about the facts of the shooting, and mischaracterized what was captured on video recordings of the incident in a bid to prevent them from being released to the public or viewed by independent criminal investigators.