Ex-Chicago Officers Sue Over Firings Related to Laquan McDonald Shooting - NBC Chicago

High-profile trial for Chicago officer who shot Laquan McDonald

Ex-Chicago Officers Sue Over Firings Related to Laquan McDonald Shooting

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    Board Votes to Fire Officers in Van Dyke Case

    A Chicago Police Board voted to fire a police sergeant and three police officers in connection with the Jason Van Dyke case. NBC 5's Patrick Fazio has the details. 

    (Published Thursday, July 18, 2019)

    Four Chicago police officers fired after being accused of helping cover up the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald are challenging the decision with separate lawsuits.

    Former Sgt. Stephen Franko and former officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes allege the Chicago Police Board's decision to fire them in July was unlawful.

    The Police Board concluded Mondragon, Sebastian and Viramontes exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a small knife when white officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into him in 2014. Franko was fired for approving their falsified police reports.

    Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has contended the officers gave or approved false statements to have the shooting deemed justified. Van Dyke is serving a sentence of nearly seven years for McDonald's death.

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    [NATL] Astronauts Make History With NASA's First All-Female Spacewalk

    American astronauts Jessica Meir and Christina Koch made history Friday with NASA's first all-female spacewalk. The astronauts walked outside the International Space Station to replace a faulty battery.

    (Published Friday, Oct. 18, 2019)

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