The Chicago Police Board on Thursday evening fired three officers and a sergeant for their roles in the alleged cover-up of the police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Officer Jason Van Dyke was sentenced in January to six years and nine months for the McDonald’s murder in 2014, and the board found that officers Ricardo Viramontes and Janet Mondragon and Sgt. Stephen Franko had all made false statements exaggerating the threat from McDonald.
McDonald was high on PCP when he refused officers’ demands to drop a knife. He was shot 16 times after trying to walk away.