While the nation continues to process the video footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being gunned down by Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke, new details related to the event have been released. It appears that surveillance video that captured Mcdonald being shot was erased by the CPD according to a manager of a Burger King store.
Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez spoke on Tuesday and took on questions from the media regarding the released video. A reporter from NBC 5 asked Alvarez if it were true that the video from the Burger King security cameras was tampered with. Alvarez said that forensic testing was done on the video and tampering of any sort wasn’t discovered.
That news differs greatly from store manager Jay Darshane’s account, who says the CPD deliberately asked for access to the video and erased portions of the clips near where Mcdonald was killed.
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After the shooting, according to Jay Darshane, the District Manager for Burger King, four to five police officers wearing blue and white shirts entered the restaurant and asked to view the video and were given the password to the equipment. Three hours later they left, he said.
The next day, when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority asked to view the security footage, it was discovered that 86 minutes of the video were missing.
In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: “We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video.”
But according to Darshane, both the cameras and video recorder were all on and working properly the night of the shooting.
“We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files,” Darshane said. “I mean we were just trying to help the police officers.”
What has been agreed upon on both sides of the issue is that the allegedly erased video wouldn’t have shown Mcdonald’s shooting as the cameras weren’t pointing in that direction. Attorneys for Mcdonald’s family do believe that the missing footage would give them an insight as to what actually happened prior to the shooting.