Prosecutor: No More Indictments in Laquan McDonald Shooting - NBC Chicago

Prosecutor: No More Indictments in Laquan McDonald Shooting

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    A Cook County judge has sealed statements made by Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer accused of shooting and killing Laquan McDonald, to an independent police review authority. (Published Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017)

    A special prosecutor has no plans to indict any more Chicago police officers who were present when a fellow officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald, or took part in the investigation. 

    The Chicago Tribune reports that Patricia Brown Holmes told a judge at a hearing Tuesday that a special grand jury convened to examine the October 2014 shooting by Officer Jason Van Dyke has finished its investigation and has been disbanded. 

    The announcement means that the number of current or former officers charged in an alleged cover-up to protect Van Dyke stands at three: Van Dyke's partner and a second officer at the scene and the lead detective in the investigation of the shooting.

    Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder.

    Current Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, who was named to the role in the wake of McDonald's shooting, said he "won't tolerate misconduct in my department." 

    “At the end of the day, myself and down to the last PPO are accountable for what we do," he said Tuesday. "So, we work within the law and if we have instances where officers engage in misconduct or egregious behavior, then we should be held accountable. And when it’s found that they’re not, then they should be cleared, get the mentoring and coaching they need and then we put them back out on the street." 

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