After Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by Chicago Police Pfficer Jason Van Dyke 16 times on Oct. 20, 2014, several police officers reportedly went into a local Burger King restaurant (video below) and may have erased outdoor surveillance video.
Officiald deny officers deleted video footage, but an indoor surveillance camera (below) at the Burger King shows police going through a computer where the footage was stored, notes NBC Chicago.
After the cops left the restaurant, 86 minutes were reportedly deleted from the outdoor video, which was less than 100 years from the shooting.
NBC Chicago Political Editor Carol Marin asked Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez about the missing video at a press conference on Nov. 24.
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“Forensic testing was done on the Burger King surveillance system to determine if anyone tampered with the evidence and the testing did not reveal any such evidence,” Alvarez replied, noted NBC Chicago.
When Marin asked Alvarez who had done the forensic testing of the surveillance system, Alvarez answered: “That’s all I’m going to say on this.”
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said there were technical difficulties with the video footage, and denied there was any tampering.
McCarthy was fired on Dec. 1, one week after the police dashcam video of the McDonald shooting was released after a judge's order to do so, reports NBC Chicago.
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Jay Darshane, a Burger King district manager, told the news station in May that four to five officers came into his store after the shooting, asked to watch the outdoor video, were given the password to the store computer and spent about three hours in the back of the fast food eatery on the computer.
Darshane was asked if he was sure the officers deleted files with the outdoor video footage, and he confirmed they did from the 9:13 p.m. mark to the 10:39 p.m mark. Van Dyke reportedly fired his first shot at McDonald at 9:57 p.m.