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FILE - In this Oct. 20, 2014 frame from dash-cam video provided by the Chicago Police Department, Laquan McDonald, right, walks down the street moments before being fatally shot by officer Jason Van Dyke sixteen times in Chicago. Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, he will recommend the firing of seven officers involved in the shooting. Johnson said he was accepting the recommendations of the city's inspector general who concluded that the officers filed false police reports. (Chicago Police Department via AP File)

Chicago police seek to fire officers in Laquan McDonald shooting


Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges, seeking to fire five officers in the October 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald, according to CNN. 

The department issued a statement Tuesday that said officers gave false statements during the investigation into McDonald's death, which conflicted with video of the shooting. 

Warning: This video contains graphic footage of the police shooting.

Dashcam Video of Officer Jason Van Dyke Shooting Laquan McDonald

The cases will be heard by the Chicago Police Board, according to CNN. 

Video from the police car's dash camera shows McDonald walking down the street just before Officer Jason Van Dyke jumped out of his vehicle and pulled his gun moments after arriving on the scene. 

According to CNN, Van Dyke continued to fire his weapon, unloading every round from his gun in just 15 seconds. 

In the video, McDonald's body is hit by bullets even after he was on the ground. 

All 16 rounds hit the 17-year-old. 

According to the Chicago Tribune, the fact that four officers gave reports contradicting dashcam video of the incident, suggests a possible cover-up. 

Cook County prosecutors have charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty. 

The U.S. Department of Justice announced in December that it will investigate the Chicago Police Department for its use of excessive force. 

Justice Department Opens Pattern or Practice Investigation into the Chicago Police Department

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