Chicago cops accused in Van Dyke cover-up face trial

Associated Press

Chicago – A trial is set to begin for one current and two former Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up what happened when a white officer fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald.

David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney are charged with felony conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice after they allegedly falsified reports to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

The trial starting Tuesday will feature the dashcam video that was instrumental in a jury finding Van Dyke guilty last month of second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

With the video, prosecutors plan to show that the 17-year-old McDonald wasn’t trying to attack Van Dyke when he was shot and wasn’t as threatening or aggressive as officers portrayed him in their reports.