The statements given under oath by some seven other Chicago cops involved in Laquan McDonald’s death in court has been disproved by the release of a new video evidence.
Laquan McDonald, a Black teen was murdered in cold blood by a cop. His story is a very familiar one, as he is one of many Black men who have been killed by police in the past. It can’t be stressed enough, and there are no excuses, it is simply a fact that by any law in the book he was murdered.
Laquan was shot on 20th of October 2014. Nearly two years after, those responsible still haven’t been brought to justice. Officers involved gave statements, all claiming he was attacking the officer, Jason Van Dyke who opened fire on him. Laquan was shot 16 times by Officer Van Dyke. Dashboard camera video of the incident released on November 24, 2015, showed that Laqaun never attacked the police officer.
There have been many facts released to the public that point to a blatant cover-up. First, the video released had no audio because the microphones in most of the cars were malfunctioning. A technician for the CPD investigated and reported the microphone in Officer Van Dyke’s car had been intentionally damaged. Besides that, the surveillance camera at a nearby Burger King that captured the incident had up to 86 minutes of its recording erased, allegedly by a cop.
Cops have been blatantly breaking the laws they’re meant to uphold, so all these new allegations are not especially shocking. The 7 cops, whose names have been withheld, involved in the case need to be charged, simply firing them won’t serve true justice.
Perjury is a serious crime, and people found guilty can serve up to 5 years in prison, plus fines. Perjury is defined as the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation, before a competent tribunal, upon a point material to a legal inquiry. It is clear that these officers gave false statements to thwart the pursuit of justice for the murder of Laquan McDonald.
We will continue to follow the case as it develops, and we will not give up our desire to see justice is served. We will never forget Laquan McDonald and others like him who has been murdered by cops. We will continue to fight for equality; we will fight to make sure cops are held accountable for their actions. Cops are not above the law, and they can’t be allowed to trample on our rights as citizens.
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