In his day, the death of Laquean McDonald after receiving 16 shots fired by a white policeman in Chicago claimed the position of the chief of the city’s police and sentenced a second-degree homicide to an agent, Jason Van Dyke, a final sentence what is expected in the next days. What the prosecution has failed to unmask is the supposed code of silence that prevails in the forces of the order of the city.
A judge has acquitted on Thursday David March, Thomas Gaffney and Joseph Walsh, the three uniformed officers who, in a historic turn, had been accused of covering up the murder of McDonald, a black teenager who was shot to death in 2014. The boy, 17 Years ago, he was walking down the street when Officer Van Dyke shot him up 16 times. Van Dyke gave three of those shots to McDonald when he was already lying on the ground.
Despite the fact that the prosecution considered that its veteran comrades lied and hid information to block the investigation of the incident, justice has finally opted against that criterion. The incident shocked Chicago and the entire United States because of its harshness and highlighted the version of the events offered by the security forces.
But that did not happen until the end of 2015, 13 months after the shooting, when the release of the video showing the events was achieved. Through the camera, located on the dashboard of one of the patrol cars, McDonald was seen in the street surrounded by three police vehicles it was already night.
The young man was moving away from the agents when Van Dyke unholstered his pistol and shot him dead. Until the release of the video, the Chicago police department had argued that McDonald carried a knife and posed a threat to Van Dyke and the other agents. But the images proved otherwise and provoked a wave of protests in Chicago and other cities in the United States to excessive use of police force.
This Thursday, McDonald’s family could not understand how the same evidence that led to the conviction of Van Dyke failed to convict the three agents accused of a cover-up. “It’s a very sad day for the United States,” said McDonald’s uncle, the Reverend Marvin Hunter. “To say that these three men are not guilty is to say that Jason Van Dyke is not guilty,” says the family member. “Justice has not been done.” This judge was determined that those three agents never knew the inside of a prison.
Almost a year after McDonald’s death, the mayor of Chicago – the third most populous city in the United States – Rahm Emanuel, apologized for the tragic event. “This has happened under my mandate,” the alderman said excitedly, who promised “a complete and total reform of the system.”