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Chicago police destroyed evidence by erasing Burger King surveillance video of Laquan McDonald’s killing


photo credit: Laquan McDonald’s family/Cook County Jail

Chicago police likely attempted to cover up the murder of Laquan McDonald. According to the Chicago Tribune, a Burger King district manager revealed that the footage of McDonald’s murder was erased from their surveillance camera.

On the night of McDonald’s murder, police entered the Burger King where McDonald was shot moments after the 17-year-old was killed. Without an official search warrant, officers pressured Burger King employees to reveal the private code for the surveillance video. The nightshift manager called the district manager, Jay Darshane, to get permission to hand over the code. Darshane agreed to allow the footage to be viewed by police. However, the police could not operate the equipment and hired a specialist to retrieve the footage.

But when investigators from the Independent Police Review attempted to make a copy of the video the next morning, Burger King managers discovered that 86 minutes of the footage was missing from the video. The video picks up 17 minutes after McDonald was shot. Two police officers can be seen starring at a Burger King video monitor.

Moreover, eyewitnesses to the murder said they were intimidated by the police on the scene who told them they would be arrested if they stayed. One day later, Chicago police reported an untruth by claiming that McDonald attempted to stab an officer before he was shot.

This revelation proves that officer Jason Van Dyke shouldn’t be the only fall guy. He deserves to be convicted of murder, but his fellow police officers should also be arrested and charged with conspiracy. Their blatant attempt to hide and destroy evidence must be addressed with criminal charges.

But it’s unlikely that the charges will come from Cook County. The state’s D.A., Anita Alvarez, is obviously ignoring the facts by claiming that there isn’t any evidence that the video was intentionally erased.

The U.S. Justice Department would likely have to file the charges, but they have yet to speak on the incident.


  1. biff777 on November 29, 2015 at 11:39 am
  2. Yousmellofignorance on November 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    It’s odd this now former cop hasn’t been charged with domestic terrorism he fits the MO.
    Definitions of domestic terrorism Edit

    The statutory definition of domestic terrorism in the United States has changed many times over the years; also, it can be argued that acts of domestic terrorism have been occurring since long before any legal definition was set forth.

    According to a memo produced by the FBI’s Terrorist Research and Analytical Center in 1994, domestic terrorism was defined as “the unlawful use of force or violence, committed by a group(s) of two or more individuals, against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives.”[2]

    Under current United States law, set forth in the USA PATRIOT Act, acts of domestic terrorism are those which: “(A) involve acts dangerous to human life that are a violation of the criminal laws of the United States or of any State; (B) appear to be intended— (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination, or kidnapping; and (C) occur primarily within the territorial jurisdiction of the United States.”[3]

    • cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

      haaaa domestic terrrorism ? what kind of crack are you smoking? the goverment dont classify killing a black domestic terriorsim they call it JUSTICE SERVED” NO LAW on the books speaks about blacks and terriorism,never that ”
      you know the law but those rules were written for white men against some arabs or isis.. nothing in that law governs race of african americans there should be hate crime against citizens and BLACK TERRIORST law.. we should be an endangered species.

      • Yousmellofignorance on December 2, 2015 at 11:11 am

        LoL, I’ll take that as a smile. But it really should be looked at with some degree of seriousness. But I think some of what the feds are looking at are under the RICO act. But we need to continue to contact our legislators.

  3. AJ on November 29, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    They should arrest every cop who was on the scene and impeach the mayor

    • Jason on November 30, 2015 at 2:49 pm

      We can only dream

    • guest on December 1, 2015 at 10:32 am

      You’re exactly right every cop that witnessed this murder and did nothing should be brought up on charges. Why are police not held to at least the same standard that the average citizen would be held to? If anyone besides a law enforcement officer witnesses and attempts to cover up a murder they would be considered an accessory.

  4. Jason on November 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Duh! I am sure confiscating tapes for “investigations” is standard procedure across much of these racist police organizations. So let us see if there will be more prosecutions, firings, etc.

    • refichter on November 29, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      Please don’t hold your breath and stand on one foot until THAT happens!

  5. FuZ on November 29, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    I wouldn’t doubt that the videos were altered.
    The killer looks like an ol school country lesbian.

  6. guest on December 1, 2015 at 10:44 am

    The same cops that witnessed this man murder a 17 year old boy in cold blood are the same cops that come into our neighborhoods and berate frightened and terrorized citizens for not talking to untrustworthy cops about a murder they may have witnessed. Also, in many cases, the murderer is a police informant, which means he is working for the cops in exchange for protection and info on people “snitching”. The whole system is a complete mess!

    • cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 10:46 am

      yes the system is the right word, they manufacture hate before they become cops , i say its time for a mental test on racism that only 1 in 5 people can pass, they gotta stop hiring cops the way burger king hire cooks .. it makes no sense to think, this particular law can carry on..into the next century i may not be alive to see it ,but i promise you that its gonna change , and when it do a whole lot of live will be saved , death is no joke , these cops dont realize they are taking lives .something you cant get back., where is the humanity and compassion a/??

  7. cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 10:36 am

    its a mistake to assum all white people are racist and horrible monsters ,as our children have to believe, they know nothing about racism thanks to the goverment block on text book material, with slave history , all the murders and hangings down south in the 40s -50s our children seem ignorant to race issues , this is why white men grow up and become hateful of blacks, they read and study theirs off the enternet, and it makes them defensive ,and evil.. black men marrying white women is also fueling the hate . our children misundertanding about hate and how it works is missing , that is why mike brown came toward the cop to talk to him, or protest the uncivil stopp of him and his friend resulting in his death fear, is what darren wilson possessed., and that gun was the only remedy he was taught, color will get you killed in the police world

  8. cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 10:40 am

    dont mistaken movies like roots and mandingo ” and queen ., as education for any of us those movies told a story but not the real story of how the slaves were treated , all these movies glamorized the slave trade, and make people think we were not held against our will . and that white men were nice people who just had slaves? huh really ? whites are hateful but embarrassed too . that thier race is the only one that harbored and mistreated slaves in that manner . feeding us sloppy we now call chittlings and pig tails..
    show a whole generation of slaves still exist right here now . we cant even fight back this monster” because we have no leaders the black panther move careful to get in a race war with anyone . i dont blame them at all cause black men are coward, the light skin ones for sure and the ones who marry white women are just pathetic on race education and slavery in america.

  9. cupcake333 on December 2, 2015 at 10:50 am

    where is the humanity and passion , dont these cops realize they are erasing a life , something so prescious over someone running? what? when is it that the law says you run you die?
    any cop that shoot a fleeing man should be bought up on attempted murder. and i bet you they will stop shooting men for running from, hell i would run too if i knew cops been killing young men for no reason. its scary to even have my son in the car with me anymore. or to see him drive, i want let him get a license because of cops. !! and he is going to college soon . its just a fear out here , and that is what the kkk want to invoke, charles manson wanted a race war between white and blacks , he hated whites ” a barbaric killer who should have been executed by now .. like black folks ???? put that in your pipe