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4 Chicago cops fired for alleged cover-up of fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald

CHICAGO - The Chicago Police Board fired a sergeant and three officers Thursday night over the alleged cover-up of the murder of Laquan McDonald by a police officer.

The decision appeared to turn on the infamous police dashboard camera video of the fatal shooting that contradicted the officers' police reports.

The nine-member board found that the officers exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald in order to justify the actions of Officer Jason Van Dyke in shooting the teen 16 times. McDonald was high on PCP when he refused police commands to drop a knife while walking away from officers on a Southwest Side street in October 2014.

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