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Judge acquits 3 Chicago officers of Laquan McDonald cover-up

A judge on Thursday acquitted three Chicago police officers of trying to cover up the 2014 police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald to try to protect another officer who pulled the trigger.

Cook County Judge Domenica
Stephenson acquitted former officer Joseph Walsh, former detective
David March and officer Thomas Gaffney on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice.

The judge said there was no evidence that officers tried to hide or bury evidence. “The evidence shows just the opposite,” she said.

She singled out how they had preserved the police dashcam video at the heart of the evidence that convicted officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times.

Van Dyke was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated battery and is due to be sentenced Friday.

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