Expert: Video doesn’t show shooting was justified

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago police sergeant says when he watches dashcam video of a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald, he doesn’t see anything that would have justified pulling the trigger.

Sgt. Larry Snelling testified Wednesday during the trial of an officer and two former officers accused of lying in police reports about what happened shortly before Officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan 16 times in 2014.

Snelling’s testimony contradicts the officers, who reported that the 17-year-old lunged at Van Dyke.

Snelling is an expert in training, the use of force and writing reports at the Chicago Police Department. His testimony is being used by prosecutors, who allege Thomas Gaffney, David March and Joseph Walsh concocted a version of the shooting to protect Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this year.

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