Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke killed LaQuan McDonald and attempted to destroy the evidence. According to DNAinfo, Chicago police have made it a practice to hide mics and break dashcams to block their activities.
The squad car that Van Dyke shared with Joseph Walsh was initially sent in for repairs six months before the McDonald shooting. They received the repaired equipment on Oct 8, 2014, but they intentionally broke the dash cam again one day later. On the night McDonald was killed, Van Dyke and Walsh’s dashcam was not available. Video of McDonald’s shooting was recorded from another squad car, but the sound was off. Out of the five police cars on the scene, only two of the dashcams worked that night and all of the mics were broken.
But it’s a practice that Chicago police have used to escape being held responsible for their crimes. Over 80 percent of police cars in Chicago with broken dashcams and faulty mics were intentionally destroyed.
Van Dyke and Walsh initially lied about what occurred during the killing of McDonald and they were protected by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Emanuel allowed the video of McDonald’s execution to be concealed for over one year before the city was forced to release the video.
It’s another revelation of the ongoing corruption that has allowed to exist in the city of Chicago for years.