MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Mon, 27 May 2019 07:38:29 +0000 Laquan McDonald cover up case ends in acquittal http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/ee7d1393d0c54cd18abb18f6cdb1a016 A judge has acquitted three Chicago police officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, ruling that the dashcam video of the black teenager's death did not necessarily tell the whole story. (Jan. 17) ee7d1393d0c54cd18abb18f6cdb1a016 Fri, 18 Jan 2019 00:39:53 +0000 RESTRICTION SUMMARY: AP CLIENTS ONLY SHOTLIST: POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYChicago, Illinois - 17 January 2019+++WHITE FLASHES BETWEEN SOUNDBITES+++ 1. SOUNDBITE (English) Judge Domenica Stephenson, Cook County:  ++JUDGE NOT ON CAMERA, VIDEO IS OF DEFENDANTS++"The court finds that the state has failed to meet its burden on all charges. Therefore, there is a finding of not guilty as to every count which defendant of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice." ASSOCIATED PRESS - AP CLIENTS ONLYWashington, DC - 17 January 20192. SOUNDBITE: (English) Patricia Brown Holmes, Special Prosecutor"We, of course, disagree with the ruling, but we respect the ruling. It is the constitutional right of individuals to have a trial by judge or trial by jury. We respect the system. We respect the fact that we were allowed to present our case. And we respect the Court's ruling. We do hope that this has been a crack in the wall of the code of silence, and that others will think twice about engaging in conduct that might land them in an investigation such as this."3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Todd Pugh, Defense Attorney"It was clear from her written ruling which you all now the copy, that she heard every word of the testimony in this trial, and she concluded, as we did a year before, that there never was a case here. Despite all of the interest that all you have there never ever was a case."+++WHITE FLASH+++4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Joseph Walsh, Defendant(Reporter) "Can you just tell us what it's been like to go through this? (Walsh) Heart wrenching. Heartbreaking for my family. A year and a half." +++WHITE FLASH+++5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rev. Marvin Hunter, Laquan McDonald's Great Uncle"I think that this judge had it made up in her mind for what here reasonings are to make sure that these gentlemen never see the inside of a jail cell."+++WHITE FLASH+++6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rev. Leon Finney, Pastor of Metropolitan Epistolic Community Church"The challenge is always to hold our police department accountable. Today justice was not served." +++WHITE FLASH+++7. SOUNDBITE: (English) William Calloway, Community Activist"We all watched that video. We read the reports that officer Walsh, officer Gaffney and detective March put. They falsified those police reports. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand what they did was illegal. They tried to get Jason Van Dyke off they tried the cover for him." STORYLINE: A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago police officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, ruling that the shocking dashcam video of the black teenager's death did not necessarily tell the whole story. In casting off the prosecution's entire case, Judge Domenica Stephenson seemed to accept many of the same defense arguments that were rejected by jurors who in October convicted officer Jason Van Dyke of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. "We, of course, disagree with the ruling, but we respect the ruling," said Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes. "We do hope that this has been a crack in the wall of the code of silence," she said. Activists and religious leaders who were at the courthouse expressed anger and disappointment. "The challenge is always to hold our police department accountable. Today justice was not served," said Rev. Leon Finney, the pastor of Metropolitan Epistolic Community Church. "We read the reports that officer Walsh, officer Gaffney and detective March put," said William Galloway. "They falsified those police reports. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand what they did was illegal." Defense attorneys said the judge's decision showed the case was weak from the start. "She concluded, as we did a year before, that there never was a case here," said defense attorney Todd Pugh. Van Dyke is scheduled to be sentenced Friday. 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A judge has acquitted three Chicago police officers of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, ruling that the dashcam video of the black teenager's death did not necessarily tell the whole story. (Jan. 17) Laquan McDonald cover up case ends in acquittal