CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s police board is delaying disciplinary proceedings for four officers accused of filing false reports in the shooting of Laquan McDonald until after the trial of the officer charged in the black teenager’s death.
The officers have been suspended without pay since last summer when Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson moved to fire them. Johnson contends their version of what happened when officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times contradicts the dashboard camera video of the 2014 shooting.
Monday’s police board decision means the officers will start getting paid again. However, department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Johnson doesn’t plan to let them return to street duty.
Attorneys for Van Dyke and the other officers requested the proceedings be delayed out of concern their statements could prejudice Van Dyke’s criminal case.
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