Three Chicago of­fi­cers in­dicted in shoot­ing cover-up probe

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — An­drea Noble

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.

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