The McDonald family have been fighting for justice for the last three years.
Chicago, Illinois — On Tuesday, three Chicago police officers from the 2014 Laquan McDonald case were charged with obstruction of justice, misconduct, and conspiracy, according to CNN. Also, the three officers were accused of writing false incident reports in an effort to misdirect a credible investigation.
Special Prosecutor Patrica Brown Holmes released the names of the officers who were involved in the shooting: Former Detective David March, Patrol Officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney. Several new sources reported that other individuals might have participated in the conspiracy of the Laquan McDonald shooting, but the prosecutor did not divulge information on whether or not other officers will be charged.
“The indictment makes clear that these defendants did more than merely obey an unofficial ‘code of silence,’ rather it alleges that they lied about what occurred to prevent independent criminal investigators from learning the truth,” said Prosecutor Holmes.
17-year-old McDonald was gunned down by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014. Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm and six counts of first-degree murder, after shooting McDonald 16 times.
March, Walsh and Gaffney are set to be arraigned July 10, and each charge carries penalties of three to five years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines.