New Videos Showing Laquan McDonald Released

Like the first, they include no audio of officers
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 26, 2015 9:19 AM CST

A disturbing dashcam video isn't the only footage authorities have from the scene of Laquan McDonald's shooting in Chicago on Oct. 20, 2014. The Chicago Tribune has acquired videos from four additional police vehicles—including the one that carried Officer Jason Van Dyke before he shot the 17-year-old 16 times—that show at least eight police vehicles on the scene. WGN counts at least 10 cars and SUVs. Though none of the videos show the actual shooting, Van Dyke's squad car is seen following McDonald through a Burger King parking lot, jumping a curb to pursue him, and pulling up beside him in the center of the road where he was shot, per the Tribune and CNN. Another view shows McDonald shifting slightly on the ground as blood streams from his body. Just as with the first video, the new footage contains little to no sound.

In-car video and audio is supposed to be activated when a vehicle's emergency lights are turned on. But there's no audio of officers talking inside the vehicles or on police radios. "I don't think that audio does exist," Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Tuesday. "Sometimes we have technical difficulties. Sometimes officers need to be disciplined if they don't turn it on at the right circumstance." Paperwork filed by the Cook County State's Attorney's Office states "no audio was recorded," but there's no explanation as to why. In a statement, President Obama says he was "deeply disturbed" by footage of the shooting, per the AP. "This Thanksgiving, I ask everybody to keep those who've suffered tragic loss in our thoughts and prayers, and to be thankful for the overwhelming majority of men and women in uniform who protect our communities with honor," he said in a Facebook post Wednesday. (More Laquan McDonald stories.)

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