CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago police commander who signed off on officer reports that the 2014 shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police was justified has retired.
One day after Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times, Deputy Chief David McNaughton found the shooting complied with department policy. Video of the shooting released last year contradicted initial statements that McDonald lunged at police.
In a statement Monday, Superintendent Eddie Johnson lauded McNaughton for his 25-year career with the department.
Johnson's statement didn't make any reference to McNaughton's role in the McDonald shooting or if his retirement is linked to those events. McNaughton could not be reached for comment.
The video of Van Dyke's shooting of McDonald, even as he lay motionless on the ground, inspired prolonged protests and murder charges against the officer.