NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Friday, November 27, 2015, 11:57 PM
86 minutes of surveillance footage from a Burger King near the site of Laquan McDonald’s shooting death vanished from the restaurant’s servers.
A district manager at a Chicago Burger King claims police wiped more than a hour of surveillance footage from the chain’s servers following last year’s shooting that killed Laquan McDonald, according to a report.
Several detectives barged into the Burger King demanding the password to access surveillance footage that would have captured the crucial minutes before and after Officer Jason Van Dyke opened fire on the 17-year-old, killing the black teen, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The fatal shooting on Oct. 20 would not have been captured on the restaurant’s cameras pointed toward the parking lot, but the video may have shown what court documents described as McDonald brandishing a knife in the parking lot.
By the time those officers and a member of the department’s technical support left the restaurant after lingering for about three hours, Jay Darshane contends 86 minutes of footage recorded from 9:13 to 10:39 p.m. vanished from their computer.
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times at about 9:50 p.m. a short distance from the Burger King.
Darshane brought up his concern over the missing footage while testifying before a grand jury earlier this year, but did not go public with his belief until this week.
“I was just trying to help the police with their investigation … I didn’t know they were going to delete it,” Darshane told the Chicago Tribune.
Laquan McDonald was shot and killed by Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Oct. 20, 2014.
Both Chicago police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and state attorney Anita Alvarez said there was no evidence to suggest the missing footage was a result of tampering, but McCarthy believes “technical difficulties” were to blame.
“In no way, shape or form is there any evidence that anything was tampered with,” McCarthy said Tuesday.