Dashcam video of the fatal shooting contradicted almost everything police said happened the night McDonald died.
Chicago's Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson plans to fire seven officers for lying about what took place when Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shot Laquan McDonald in October 2014. The graphic footage shows Van Dyke shooting the teen execution-style as he walked away.
One high-ranking officer caught up in the scandal, Anthony Wojcik, retired in May.
"CPD has not demonstrated that it conducted a reasonably adequate search for all responsive records because it did not seek to obtain responsive records from the personal email accounts of the named CPD officers", Attorney General Lisa Madigan wrote in the opinion last week.
Johnson's announcement comes days after the police department received the inspector general's report. The Independent Police Review Authority delegated the McDonald investigation to the Office of the Inspector General, Guglielmi said.
A video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald's 2014 shooting death sparked outrage, led to a federal civil rights probe of the city's police department, and was one of several police shootings of African Americans that spurred street protests around the country. All 16 rounds struck McDonald.
Johnson's call to fire the officers broadens the political and departmental fallout, which includes pressure on Mayor Rahm Emanuel to provide more transparency and overhaul the police disciplinary system to break down an entrenched "code of silence" among officers and build public trust. The next year, when a judge forced the city to release the explosive police video that documented the shooting, Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder. The process typically takes about seven months, so any decision to fire the officers isn't likely until next year. In his report, however, McNaughton deemed the shooting justified and noted that McDonald was walking toward the officer when he was gunned down. The superintendent did not disclose the names of the seven police officers. Prosecutors say the 3-inch blade was found folded into the handle.
A spokesperson for the Chicago Police confirmed to BuzzFeed News that the Department will recommend the termination of seven of those officers to the Police Board, which will ultimately decide whether the officers will be fired.
"How comfortable are you that you are going to get a fair shake?" he said.