Chicago officers accused in Van Dyke cover-up go on trial

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago is about to witness a trial that centers on what happened after Officer Jason Van Dyke fired 16 shots into the body of black teenager Laquan McDonald.

Three officers charged with falsifying reports to protect Van Dyke are set to go on trial Tuesday, just weeks after a jury convicted the white police officer of second-degree murder and aggravated battery. Dashcam video of the shooting will be key in the prosecution’s case.

David March, Joseph Walsh and Thomas Gaffney are charged with conspiracy, misconduct and obstruction of justice.

Prosecutors and police critics say the trial will help expose an unofficial code of silence, in which officers lie to cover for each other with supervisors’ approval. Opponents say the charges will make police less willing to aggressively fight crime.

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