The FBI is launching a federal investigation into the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy in October 2014.
Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times after he allegedly lunged toward CPD officers with a knife. But dash cam footage of the incident tells a different story. McDonald is allegedly shown walking away from officers before he was fatally hit with a barrage of bullets.
An autopsy found McDonald had bullet wounds in his chest, neck, back, arms and right leg.
The City Council’s Committee on Finance approved a $5 million to the family of McDonald Monday, according to CBS 2 Chicago. The family initially sought $16 million.
U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon said the FBI’s Chicago office would lead a joint investigation into the shooting, according to the Raw Story. He said that the Independent Police Review Authority, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office would also participate.
The officer who shot McDonald has been stripped of his police power and put on paid desk duty pending the outcome of the investigation.
A witness rebuked the actions of the CPD in McDonald’s killing
“They didn’t need to shoot him. They didn’t. They basically had him face-to-face. There was no purpose why they had to shoot him,” witness Alma Benitez told CBS Chicago.
Police allege the youth punctured one of the squad car’s front passenger-side tire and damaged the front windshield.
“When police tell you to drop a weapon, all you have to do is drop it,” Pat Camden a spokesman for the Fraternal Order of Police told the Tribune.