After footage of the gruesome shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released to the public, a district manager of a local Burger King believes more corruption was involved in the case.
According to NBC News Chicago, Jay Darshane, the Chicago District Manager for Burger King, says the restaurant’s surveillance cameras were tampered with by the city’s police officers. The restaurant’s cameras caught moments leading up to the October 2014 shooting between Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke and the teenager.
McDonald was reportedly trailed in the parking lot before he was shot 16 times, nine of the bullets hitting him in the back.
While Burger King’s cameras did not catch the shooting, valuable footage was on them.
Darshane says video of McDonald and the encounter with Van Dyke ran from 9:13 p.m. to 10:39 p.m. After the shooting, he claimed four to five police officers asked to see the footage and after three hours, the men left. The officers’ identities weren’t released, but when an investigator from the Independent Police Review Authority came to review the footage the next day, 86 minutes were missing.
McDonald was shot at 9:50 p.m.
NBC News Chicago reports:
In a statement, a spokesman for the IPRA said: “We have no credible evidence at this time that would cause us to believe CPD purged or erased any surveillance video.” But according to Darshane, both the cameras and video recorder were all on and working properly the night of the shooting. So what happened? One of the detectives, he believes, deleted the files.
“We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files,” Darshane said. “I mean we were just trying to help the police officers. Our first time down at the Burger King restaurant when we started talking to employees, watching the Burger King video, when we realized video had been deleted, or is missing, absolutely we knew something was up,” said Jeff Neslund, one of the attorneys for the McDonald family.
Meanwhile, a GoFundMe dedicated to Van Dyke was taken down after violating the company’s terms and conditions. After it was announced that the officer was charged with murder for the death of McDonald, his wife Tiffany Van Dyke created the fundraiser.
In just a few hours, over $10,000 was raised.
The New York Daily News reports:
“My husband is having a bond hearing and if we do not raise this money he will be detained on 11/24/15,” she wrote on the fundraiser site. “With the holidays approaching our husband and father needs to be home with his family.”
GoFundMe staffers decided to take the page down, for violating the website’s terms and conditions, Kelsea Little, GoFundMe’s media director told the Daily News.
“GoFundMe does not accept campaigns for the defense or support of anyone alleged to be involved in criminal activity,” she said.
All donations for the officer through the GoFundMe will be refunded, Little said.
If Van Dyke is convicted, he faces life in prison.
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