Chicago releases investigative reports into the deadly shooting of Laquan McDonald

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This combination of file photos shows Laquan McDonald and former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019, fired four police officers for allegedly covering up Dyke’s 2014 fatal shooting of teenager McDonald. (Family Photo, Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago’s law department has publicly released the city watchdog’s investigative reports related to the 2014 fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer.

The City Council passed an ordinance weeks ago that empowers the law department to release the Inspector General’s office findings in certain circumstances, including cases involving police officers and other city employees in which somebody died.

The reports into the police officers who were present when McDonald was shot 16 times were released Wednesday.

Proponents of the ordinance championed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot say it is an important step to restore public confidence in city government. Critics say it unfairly tarnishes the reputations of police officers and others.

Jason Van Dyke was sentenced in January to nearly seven years in McDonald’s killing.

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