After the Chicago Tribune filed a Freedom of Information Act request, the Chicago police released surveillance footage from a Burger King near where Laquan McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke 16 times as he walked away from police. Except eighty minutes of that video is missing and that missing footage just happens to be during the time that McDonald was shot.
Of course, we already know why that footage is missing. Shortly after the dashcam video of Laquan McDonald’s murder was released, the manager of that Burger King stated that one of those Good Cops in Chicago helping Van Dyke cover up his crime came into the Burger King and deleted the video showing the shooting.
Obviously, much like when Erik Scott was murdered outside of a Costco in Las Vegas and the one surveillance camera that would have captured it was malfunctioning that day, I’m sure it’s just a wacky coincidence that the camera magically stopped recording right at the exact time McDonald was murdered (and then magically started recording again afterward). And of course, that manager is lying because he just hates cops and has been waiting for an opportunity to frame them for something. In fact, he probably got the job there knowing it would eventually give him his chance to take The Man down.
Via the Chicago Tribune:
There is a gap in the footage from about 9:18 p.m. to 10:39 p.m., which covers the time when McDonald was shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke on a nearby street.
Lawyers for the McDonald family have alleged the missing footage signals a cover-up by Chicago police who responded to the crime scene.But police and Cook County prosecutors, who charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder last week, have said there is no evidence the camera system at the restaurant was tampered with.
Prior to the gap, employees can be seen moving around inside the restaurant in the 4100 block of South Pulaski Road.
After the gap, a police officer in a bulletproof vest is seen sitting at a desk in front of a computer monitor in the back of the restaurant. Another officer is seen walking around behind the seated police officer.
The newly released video (minus the eighty minutes that are actually relevant to the case, but somehow vanished) can be viewed by following the link to the Chicago Tribune story. The video includes footage from twelve different cameras both inside and outside of the business.