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The seven officers, who remain unnamed, have been accused of making false reports. According to The Times, Johnson does not have the jurisdiction to terminate the officers, who also have the opportunity to appeal the decision in front of the city police board, composed of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s appointees.
McDonald, a 17-year-old Chicago teen, was shot 16 times in 2014 by officer Jason Van Dyke. McDonald’s death lit a long simmering fire within Chicago that led to protests, calls for Emanuel’s resignation, the termination of former superintendent Garry McCarthy, and a Justice Department probe.
The New York Times writes:
Officer Van Dyke, the only officer who fired his gun that night, has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial. His account of the shooting, which was corroborated by other officers at the scene, was contradicted by dashboard camera video of the shooting that was released in November under public pressure. Though the teenager had a knife, he seemed to be veering away from the police when Officer Van Dyke shot him, and the gunfire continued after Mr. McDonald collapsed to the ground.
An initial unreleased report by Chicago’s inspector general recommended that eight officers face termination, but according to the Times, the CPD disagrees. Two other officers mentioned in the report have since retired.
18 Black Men & Youths Who Were Killed By Police
1. Trayvon Martin, 17Source:Getty Images 1 of 22
2. Jonathan Ferrell, 24Source:Instagram 2 of 22
3. Victor White III, 22Source:Instagram 3 of 22
4. Dontre Hamilton, 31Source:Instagram 4 of 22
5. Jason Harrison, 39Source:Instagram 5 of 22
6. Eric Garner, 43Source:Instagram 6 of 22
7. Omar Abrego, 377 of 22
8. Michael Brown Jr, 18Source:Instagram 8 of 22
9. Ezell Ford, 25Source:Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images 9 of 22
10. Dante Parker, 36Source:Getty Images 10 of 22
11. Kajieme Powell, 25Source:Instagram 11 of 22
12. Darrien Hunt, 22Source:Instagram 12 of 22
13. Jack Jacquez, 2713 of 22
14. Akai Gurley, 28Source:Getty Images 14 of 22
15. Tamir Rice, 12Source:Instagram 15 of 22
16. Ronald “RJ” Williams, 23Source:Instagram 16 of 22
17. Alton Sterling, 37Source:Instagram 17 of 22
18. Philando Castile, 32Source:Instagram 18 of 22
19. Gregory Frazier, 5619 of 22
20. Tyre King, 13Source:Instagram 20 of 22
21. Terence Crutcher, 40Source:Instagram 21 of 22
22. Keith Lamont Scott, 43Source:Instagram 22 of 22
SOURCE: The New York Times | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty