• Seven Chicago cops face firing over black teen’s shooting death

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    CHICAGO: Chicago’s police chief said on Thursday (Friday in Manila) he was recommending the firing of seven officers accused of making false reports over the deadly cop shooting of a black teenager. A video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s 2014 shooting death sparked outrage, led to a federal civil rights probe of the Midwestern city’s police department, and was one of several police shootings of African Americans that spurred street protests around the country. The officer who shot McDonald 16 times, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial. Ten other officers were accused of covering up Van Dyke’s actions. Superintendent Eddie Johnson’s conclusion that seven of those officers should be fired followed a review of documents, video and other evidence, his office said. The police officer’s statements related to McDonald’s shooting violate a rule that prohibits “making a false report, written or oral,” Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement.

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