they are found to have lied about the details
something comes back that they lied purposely
the superintendent wants to make clear he will
seek their termination
The two cops, Detective
David Marsh and Officer
Joseph Walsh, were placed
on desk duty. Walsh was the partner of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who faces first-degree
murder charges for shooting Laquan 16 times in 2014.
Walsh backed up Van Dyke’s
version of events that don’t jibe with the shooting caught on the now-viral dashcam video.
Van Dyke said that Laquan, 17 had swung a knife at him, a claim the video does not support.
Marsh, lead detective on the case, signed off the reports – the dash cam video “was viewed – found to be consistent with accounts of all witnesses,” police reports. The
reports were also approved
by Lt. Antony Wojcki, who supervised the case. Marsh,
Walsh and Wojcik were all
called to testify before a grand jury related to the shooting of Laquan.
At the time, the police spokesman said it was “premature to speculate
on any action against the officers”
due to ongoing disciplinary investigations which had been “held
pending the outcome” of the criminal
investigation that lead to murder charges against Van Dyke. That
position changed shortly after
Escalante received and reviewed the city inspector general’s memo — which was a preliminary suggestion
rather than a final ruling on whether the accused officers violated Rule 14,
a provision in the police code related
to making false statements, written or oral. Two other officers at the
scene who claimed to witness VanDyke
shooting Laquan — Dora Fontaine and Ricardo Viramontes — each
gave official statements of how events
transpired appeared to contradict sevents caught on dashcam video. Viramontes and Fontaine each said Laquan ignored verbal direction to drop the knife and instead raised
his right arm toward officer Van Dyke
“as if attacking Van Dyke.” Fontaine reported that Van Dyke fired in rapid
succession “without pause.” Viramontes
added that Laquan “fell to the ground but continued to move attempting to
get back up, with the knife still in his
hand. … and Van Dyke fired his weapon at [Laquan] McDonald continuously
until McDonald was no longer moving.”
The dashcam video showed
Laquan walking away from
Van Dyke when the shooting
started, and the injured teen didn’t appear to try to get back up after he fell to the ground.
Both Viramontes and Fontaine remain on unrestricted full duty.
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Denise Miller is a professor, poet and mixed media artist whose publications include poems in Dunes Review, African American Review and Blackberry: A Magazine . She’s the 2015 Willow Books Emerging Poet, an AROHO Waves Discussion Fellowship awardee, a finalist for the Barbara Deming Money for Women Fund, and a Hedgebrook Fellow. Her newest book, Core, released from Willow Books in November 2015 has been nominated for a 2016 American Book Award and a 2016 Pushcart Prize. Additionally, one of her poems from a collection in progress has also been nominated for the 2016 Pushcart Prize. Miller has also been recently named the Fall 2016 Willow Books Writer In Residence in conjunction with the Carr Center Detroit and NEH. More of her work can be found at www.deniseleemiller.com.