Chicago police officers sue over firing for alleged cover-up of police shooting of Laquan McDonald

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Posted: Sep 18, 2019 / 11:00 PM EDT Updated: Sep 18, 2019 / 11:00 PM EDT

This combination of file photos shows Laquan McDonald and former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. The Chicago Police Board on Thursday, July 18, 2019, fired four police officers for allegedly covering up Dyke’s 2014 fatal shooting of teenager McDonald. (Family Photo, Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – Four Chicago police officers fired after being accused of helping cover up the fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald are challenging the decision with separate lawsuits.

Former Sgt. Stephen Franko and former officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes allege the Chicago Police Board’s decision to fire them in July was unlawful.

The Police Board concluded Mondragon, Sebastian and Viramontes exaggerated the threat posed by the 17-year-old McDonald, who was carrying a small knife when white officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 bullets into him in 2014. Franko was fired for approving their falsified police reports.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has contended the officers gave or approved false statements to have the shooting deemed justified. Van Dyke is serving a sentence of nearly seven years for McDonald’s death.

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