Target: Anita Alvarez, Cook County State Attorney
Goal: Charge police officers who allegedly erased Burger King surveillance video of police shooting of 17-year-old black teen Laquan McDonald.
A Burger King manager has accused Chicago police of erasing surveillance video taken at a Burger King near the shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald by a white police officer. The Burger King manager said he has now testified before a federal grand jury that is investigating the shooting.
It hasn’t been said or shown what may be in the surveillance video, but this accusation along with others has protesters upset with the way the case has been handled by local prosecutors, the city and the police department. Protesters allege that authorities are purposely mishandling the case in order to block justice and the truth about what really happened when McDonald was shot 16 times.
The manager says it took mere minutes after the shooting for officers to demand to see the restaurant’s video. He said when the officers left two hours later, there was an 86-minute gap in the recording, including the time surrounding the shooting. The accusation comes after the city refused for months to release the police squad car video taken during the shooting.
Yet again it appears another case of a shooting of an unarmed black person by police is being mishandled. Urge officials to charge the police officers who allegedly altered the Burger King video of police shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Dear State Attorney Alvarez,
The manager of a Burger King near the site of the shooting of 17-year-old black teen Laquan McDonald says that police altered the restaurant’s video surveillance of the incident in an attempt to mishandle the case and hide the truth. This comes after the city refused for months to release another video from the police squad car that was near when the shooting occurred.
We see officials and police officers handle these cases the same way over and over again. They take years, they withhold evidence and they lie. We cannot continue to allow this to happen and for these people to think this is something they can get away with. I urge you to charge the police officers who allegedly altered the Burger King video of police shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
[Your Name Here]
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