Witness to policeman shooting Chicago teen says video was tampered with
A video showing Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke pumping sixteen shots into 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was tampered with, according to the manager of a Burger King located directly across from where the shooting occured.
Police and law enforcement officials deny the charge of tampering.
The manager says that police took 86 minutes of footage from the restaurant's surveillance camera, encompassing events both before and after the shooting, but may have erased it.
The accusation by the manager has fueled the anger of protestors who have been calling for the resignation of both the police chief and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Burger King is yards from where McDonald, 17, fell when the first few rounds from Officer Jason Van Dyke struck him. It took minutes for police to demand the restaurant’s password-protected video, Darshane said.
"I was just trying to help the police with their investigation," Darshane said. "I didn't know they were going to delete it."
He said that when the officers left, almost two hours later, there was an 86-minute gap in the recording, including the time surrounding the shooting.
Darshane told the newspaper he testified about the missing video before a grand jury earlier this year.
The Cook County state's attorney this past week announced a state-level charge of first-degree murder against the officer.
McDonald was shot 16 times after being pursued by police responding to a complaint about car break-ins. He was carrying a knife. The officer's attorney says his client fired because he feared for his life, and that he acted lawfully and within police department guidelines.
At a news conference announcing the charge, State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said forensic testing found no evidence that anyone intentionally erased the Burger King video. Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy called the allegation "absolutely untrue."
"Intentionally erased"? As opposed to being accidentally – and believe us when we tell you because we have such a stellar record of truth-telling – "unintentionally" erased. A horrific crime, covered up by city hall for nine months in order to reassure the election of the incumbent mayor, accidentally loses valuable evidence?
It could happen only in Chicago.
This is one police shooting that absolutely demands a special prosecutor. The whole corrupt bunch should not be trusted to investigate and prosectute the cover-up and murder fairly. They are going to offer the officer's head to the mob but hunker down and do everything in their power to cover their own arses.
The Justice Department should step in, but it won't in Obama's home town. And if they do, they will become curiously blind about the upper echelons of power in the city being complicit in the cover-up. That's the "Chicago Way." And that's the way it's going to be.