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April 13, 2016, file photo, Eddie Johnson (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Chicago police says 7 officers should be fired for the shooting of Laquan McDonald


Chicago police  superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement Thursday that the seven police officers involved in the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer in 2014 should be fired.

The recommendation was made with an aim to change and repair the reputation of the Chicago police department that has a history of scandals and cover-ups.

Police release video of Laquan McDonald's shooting

WATCH: The video of Laquan McDonald's shooting.

Police reports from the shooting contradicted the dvideo evidence.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said after reviewing the relevant documents, including the video and other evidence, he decided to accept the recommendation of the city's inspector general to fire seven officers due to their false accounts of the incident. 

The officers violated Rule 14, which prohibits "making a false report, written or oral," said Johnson.

The city's police board will take Johnson's recommendation and make the final decision on whether or not to fire the police officers.

The process takes approximately seven months, so the decision won't be made clear until next year most likely. 

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