Over an hour of surveillance video is missing from the night a Chicago cop shot 17 year old Laquan McDonald 16 times.
According to NBC Chicago, Chicago cops deleted the surveillance footage taken from a Burger King that was only 100 yards away from where McDonald was shot and killed by police.
Burger King district manager Jay Darshane confirmed that police entered the restaurant and erased the surveillance footage. When members of Chicago’s Independent Review Authority arrived the next day to review the footage, they noticed that video was missing.
“We had no idea that they were going to sit there and delete the files,” said Darshane. “I mean, we were just trying to help the police officers.”
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McDonald was shot at approximately 9:50 PM and the missing minutes of video from the surveillance footage runs from 9:13 to 10:39.
On the night of October 20, 2014, McDonald was shot 16 times, including nine times in the back.
Cops followed McDonald through the parking lot of a Burger King after receiving a call about a young man carrying a knife.
Police accused the teen of posing a “very serious threat”,with a Fraternal Order of Police spokesman accusing McDonald of lunging at an officer with a knife.
But if the teen had posed a serious threat, why delete the video? The claim that the teen posed a threat was also disputed by witnesses on the scene that night.
Lawyers for McDonald’s family say the 17 year old was walking away from police when he was gunned down. Police claim that they told the teen to drop the knife and only opened fire after he refused.
A witness, however, told police that McDonald was “shying away” from officers and didn’t pose a threat at the time he was shot.
“One witness, this witness told us this was an execution. That’s his word,” said Jeff Neslund, an attorney for McDonald’s family.