Chicago Police Board Considers Firing Officers Involved In 2014 Shooting

Eddie Johnson
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks to the media in this file photo from March 2016. Teresa Crawford / Associated Press
Eddie Johnson
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson speaks to the media in this file photo from March 2016. Teresa Crawford / Associated Press

Chicago Police Board Considers Firing Officers Involved In 2014 Shooting

The Chicago Police Board will begin the process of deciding whether to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson recommended in August that Officer Jason Van Dyke, Sergeant Stephen Franko, Officer Janet Mondragon, Officer Daphne Sebastian and Officer Ricardo Viramontes be terminated for their involvement in the 2014 shooting.

Johnson said Van Dyke, who shot and killed McDonald, broke six department rules, but none of those are related to the actual shooting. Instead, they focus on attempts to cover-up the incident.

The Police Board will begin the process of deciding whether these officers should be terminated through an initial status hearing Monday.

The Board will take final action at a monthly meeting through a vote. The process could take months.

Meanwhile, Officer Van Dyke faces first-degree murder charges and has pleaded not guilty.

Susie An is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her at @soosieon.