Independent Police Review Authority

Prosecutors allowed to view statements by officers at Laquan McDonald shooting

Prosecutors allowed to view statements by officers at Laquan McDonald shooting

Special prosecutors can view statements given by five Chicago police officers who were on the scene when Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by Officer Jason Van Dyke, a Cook County judge ruled Friday.

Judge Vincent Gaughan also decided that the special prosecutors can look at the written reports authored by Van Dyke just after the 2014 shooting.

Gaughan's ruling applied only to what the special prosecutor's team can use for their investigation of the high-profile case, not to what may be presented as evidence at a trial.

At issue were statements that Van Dyke and other officers were required to give to the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates allegations...

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