The city of Chicago moved Tuesday to fire the five police officers involved in the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.
Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Tuesday afternoon that the department has filed administrative charges against the group of law enforcement officers, including Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, according to a Chicago Tribune report. The four other officers — Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes, as well as Sgt. Stephen Franko — are facing heat for attempting to cover up the incident by giving contradictory statements to investigators.
The administrative move may be the department's formal response to Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson's recommendation that 10 officers be fired. Two cops have since retired, as well as several high-ranking officers, though it is not clear whether it was due to the investigation by the city or Justice Department or a coincidence.
In November, a Chicago judge ruled in favor of releasing dash cam footage of the incident. Surveillance video shows the 17-year-old African-American walking in the middle of the street when he was repeatedly shot by Van Dyke. Black Lives Matter protesters and others responded to the footage by protesting in downtown Chicago during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, forcing some stores to close.
Chicago residents called for the resignation of Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who had served as President Obama's chief of staff during his first term in the White House. Instead, Emanuel promised reforms in how the city's officers worked in black and Hispanic communities, and said he would stay in office.
Van Dyke faces a criminal charge for first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty.