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Judge denies motion to throw out case against 3 Chicago cops accused in Laquan McDonald shooting cover-up

By Evelyn Holmes

The decision could help the prosecution establish its theory that the cops maintained a police code of silence and conspired to cover up the truth.

In one email an officer writes, “Any luck making the case go away?”

Other emails between officers, including some not charged, could be damaging as well. The state read one of the more explosive emails into evidence.

The bench trial started a week ago against David March and Joseph Walsh, both retired, and Thomas Gaffney, who is suspended without pay.

The trial comes after Van Dyke, a now-former Chicago police officer, was found guilty of second degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald in October 2014.

Prosecutors said the men coordinated their stories and made false police reports in the hours after Van Dyke fired 16 shots, killing McDonald.

Last week, Chicago police Officer Dora Fontaine, who was granted immunity for being the prosecution’s key witness, testified that she witnessed the shooting, and said that details in reports that were attributed to her not accurate, including the detail that Van Dyke was the victim of assault.

Civilian Jose Torres, who witnessed the shooting, also testified that officers told him and another motorist to leave the scene without taking their statements or information.

The trial resumes at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

For the original story, visit ABC7

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