Start at 5:15.
Unless there’s some extenuating circumstance or something that this video misses, then this is definitely murder on the part of Jason Van Dyke. McDonald was not an immediate bodily threat to Van Dyke or any other person. Another hint is that the other cops who were there and closer to McDonald before Van Dyke showed up didn’t shoot him.
Now, for a few questions:
One, why this 13 month long cover up? Did they not want to show this back in October of last year because it was in the middle of the Fergaza Strip hoopla? Did Rahm Emanuel put pressure on everyone to delay it until after his re-election earlier this year? Even so, the runoff for Chicago Mayor was back on April 7, and still it took until seven months and change after that for this video finally to come out.
Two, why did the cops barge in to a nearby Burger King and, unbeknownst to the manager, erase almost an hour and a half of the joint’s surveillance footage? By now, all we need to know is what we see above, but it is also indicative of the fact that there was a cover-up afoot.
Three, why did McDonald’s family take the $5 million settlement, which was already agreed to, and not say anything? Were they only interested on cashing in on Laquan’s dead body? I know I’m thinking like the cracker that I am, but if I was in that situation, I’d rather have a bad cop off the streets an in the slammer rather than the thirty pieces of silver. It’s an insult that governments can get away with only one time large sum payouts and the cops or agents whose actions necessitated them still have their jobs and their precious pensions.
Four, why did CPD reassign Van Dyke to desk duty after the incident instead of quietly firing him?
It is often said that the cover up is worse than the crime. That’s definitely not the case here, but it’s almost as infuriating.
Maybe it had something to do with helping your friend, fellow Chicagoan and fellow Democrat, Rahm Emanuel, win re-election. If this is a factor, then this cover-up and the Benghazi obfuscation are rather alike, because both involve stuffing scandals under the rug so that a Democrat could win re-election.