Shadowproof - Newly-appointed Chicago Police Chief John Escalante approved police reports on the shooting of Laquan McDonald, which were filled with fabrications by officers, including Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is charged with murdering McDonald.
On October 20, 2014, Van Dyke arrived at a scene where officers were trying to apprehend the 17-year-old black boy. He was only present for 30 seconds before he chose to unload his 9-mm semiautomatic pistol. Van Dyke fired 16 shots into McDonald’s body, and while police later claimed he lunged at Van Dyke with a knife, video shows he never presented any immediate threat whatsoever.
At the time of the shooting, Escalante was chief of detectives. He approved a Department of Detectives report in March, and, through his approval, essentially cleared Van Dyke of misconduct.