3 Chicago police officers arraigned in Laquan McDonald case

Tuesday, June 27, 2017|12:34 p.m.

CHICAGO– 3 Chicago law enforcement officer have been indicted on felony charges declaring they conspired to cover up the deadly shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer.

A Cook County special grand jury approved the three-count indictment Monday and the charges were filed Tuesday. Special district attorney Patricia Brown-Holmes announced the indictments Tuesday, stating the three officers “did more than simply comply with an unofficial code of silence.” She states “they lied” to prevent private investigators “from learning the fact.”

The three officers, Thomas Gaffney, David March and Joseph Walsh, were each accuseded of conspiracy, official misbehavior and obstruction of justice.

Video released in 2015 showed white officer Jason Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke has pleaded not guilty to murder.

Chicago authorities didn’t instantly respond to the charges.

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