Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke and his fellow officers painted a different narrative of the evening Laquan McDonald was fatally shot.
Dyke and multiple police officers completed the Case Supplemental report. The statements claim Van Dyke was in danger because the 17-year-old attempted to attack the officer with a three-inch blade knife.
Officer Joseph McElligott says when he first approached the teen, his hands were in his pockets. Once McDonald took his hands out, McElligott noticed the knife.
The dashcam video of the shooting shows Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times just seconds after getting out his squad car.
Officer Ricardo Viramontes says Van Dyke continued to shoot at the teen while he was on the ground because he kept moving.
The video shows McDonald’s lifeless body as he’s being shot multiple times.
Van Dyke relayed concerns about a police safety bulletin warning of a weapon “which appeared to be a knife but which actually was capable of firing a bullet, making it a firearm.”
Former police superintendent Garry McCarthy admitted to the public that the police report was misleading and he didn’t see the dashcam video until the day the press release was issued.
Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. Critics are calling for the resignations of Emanuel and Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, alleging the officials took part in covering up the year-old case.