- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on the aftermath of the shooting of a black teenager by a white Chicago police officer (all times local):


10:45 p.m.

Chicago police says an independent police body conducts all investigations of officer-involved shootings.

He made the comments Friday after the city released hundreds of pages of documents showing a contrasting story than video footage in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer.

In a statement late Friday, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Chicago police turned over all evidence to the Independent Police Review Authority. He says the U.S. Department of Justice is also investigating the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

Guglielmi says that if the criminal investigation finds any wrongdoing the department will take swift action.


10:30 p.m.

Chicago officials have released police reports in the shooting death of a black teenager by a white police officer revealing a narrative that contradicts what video footage depicts.

The Chicago Tribune (https://trib.in/1TqYWPD ) reports that hundreds of pages were released late Friday and show at least five officers saying Laquan McDonald moved toward officers. However, squad car video shows McDonald veering away from officers before he was shot 16 times by officer Jason Van Dyke.

One report claims McDonald advanced toward officers swinging his knife in an “aggressive, exaggerated manner.” The statements led police supervisors to rule McDonald’s death a justifiable homicide.

Van Dyke has been charged with murder. Federal authorities are also investigating.

Messages left for police, Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and the state’s attorney weren’t immediately returned late Friday.


5:30 p.m.

The Chicago Police Department’s new acting superintendent says he sent a reminder to officers to check audio recording equipment each time they get into a squad car.

John Escalante told The Chicago Sun-Times in a Friday interview that (https://bit.ly/1TqxnG5 ) he’s reinforcing department policy. His comments come after scrutiny of video showing a police officer fatally shooting teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. The squad car footage doesn’t have audio, but CPD equipment has the capability to record it.

Escalante says he’s concerned by the lack of audio and wants to ensure it’s not a department-wide problem.

The release of the graphic 2014 video triggered protests and calls for several elected officials to step down.

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy was fired and Escalante has taken over in the interim.


2:20 p.m.

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders says any official involved with suppressing the release of a video in the shooting death of a black teen by a white Chicago police officer should be “held accountable” and, if necessary, resign.

Though Sanders never mentions his name the comments appeared aimed at Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, a long-time ally of the Clinton family and former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama. Sanders says: “No one should be shielded by power or position.”

The October 2014 video of police killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald first surfaced while Emanuel was running for re-election and seeking support among the city’s black community.

Clinton has called for a federal investigation into the death but has stopped short of asking Emanuel to resign.

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