Murder of Laquan McDonald :updates from the latest trial.

18 days ago

latest details from the alleged Chicago police cover-up case of shooting a 17_years_old black teen Laquan McDonald.

An investigator for the Cook County medical examiner's office says one of the three police officers on trial for falsifying reports in the killing of Laquan McDonald called him to say the teenager lunged at a fellow Chicago officer before being shot. Video of shooting belies that.

former Detective David March called on the October 2014 night McDonald was shot by Jason Van Dyke with details about what happened.

Earl Briggs acknowledged the report he drew up that night reflected what March told him. He said he read his report to March and asked him if it was accurate. Briggs said March confirmed he had the details right.

On cross-examination, March's attorney, James McKay, hinted it may not have been March who called the medical examiner's office. Briggs said he doesn't remember ever meeting March, conceding he wouldn't have recognized his voice.

Attorney James McKay said in opening statements that an officer who's expected to testify that March directed her to lie in her report is simply trying to save her own job. McKay argues March acted to preserve the dashcam video that was instrumental in a jury finding Van Dyke guilty last month of second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

David March, Joseph Walsh, and Thomas Gaffney are charged with felony conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice after they allegedly falsified reports to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014.

The trial starting Tuesday will feature the video that was instrumental in a jury finding Van Dyke guilty last month of second-degree murder and aggravated battery.

the video would be used as a vivid proof to condemn the three Chicago police officers as it shows 17-year-old McDonald wasn't trying to attack Van Dyke when he was shot and wasn't as threatening or aggressive as officers portrayed him in their reports.