Aamer Madhani, USA TODAY
Three current or former Chicago Police officers have been indicted on state charges of conspiracy, obstruction of justice and misconduct related to the investigation of the fatal police-involved shooting death of Laquan McDonald, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
A Cook County special grand jury filed the charges against Detective David March and patrol officers Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney for actions they took in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of 17-year-old McDonald in 2014. McDonald’s controversial death led to first-degree murder charges against officer Jason Van Dyke.
“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 Patricia Brown Holmes, the Cook County special prosecutor investigating the case.