|"Officer" Jason Van Dyke helped another cop cover up a 16-bullet execution - Guess he figured it was his turn.|
By International Business Times
Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged with murder in the 2014 fatal shooting of a black teen, may have also played a role in an alleged cover-up of another fatal police shooting a decade ago, court records in an open civil lawsuit against the city revealed. Van Dyke acknowledged in a deposition that he copied the work of fellow officers at the scene of the 2005 shooting of Emmanuel Lopez, making his official report match theirs without conducting his own witness interviews, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.
Van Dyke’s role in the Lopez case had been seen as relatively minor, but it is being eyed closer given the striking similarities to the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. The Lopez family’s lawsuit, which goes to trial in February, alleges that Chicago police shot the 23-year-old Hispanic janitor 16 times without cause and then made up a story that the man tried to run over an officer with his car, according to the Tribune.