Closing Arguments Made In Hearing For Cops Accused Of Cover Up In Laquan McDonald Shooting

Lawyers for the city and those representing four Chicago police officers accused in an alleged cover-up that followed the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald gave final arguments Friday in a hearing to determine whether the officers should be fired for falsifying or approving reports that didn’t jibe with video of the 2014 shooting.

An attorney for the city alleged the officers made false statements in an effort to shield Officer Jason Van Dyke from scrutiny after he shot McDonald 16 times. Van Dyke was found guilty of second-degree murder and is serving a 6 ¾ -year prison sentence.

Lawyers for the four officers fighting for their jobs — Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon, Ricardo Viramontes and Sgt. Stephen Franko — contended the city failed to prove its case during a three-day hearing before the Police Board.

“If a police officer doesn’t see every single thing on video, it doesn’t make them a liar,” William Fahy, Sebastian’s lawyer, told the board.

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