The Latest: Officer: Reports on shooting citing her are lies

Chicago police Officer Thomas Gaffney, left, ex-Officer Joseph Walsh and former Detective David March arrive in court on the first day of their bench trial before Judge Domenica A. Stephenson at Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018, in Chicago. The trial of the three Chicago police officers charged with lying to protect Jason Van Dyke, a fellow officer from criminal prosecution after he fatally shot black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014 began Tuesday. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on conspiracy trial of three relating to 2014 fatal shooting of Chicago teen Laquan McDonald (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

A Chicago police officer says comments attributed to her in a department report about the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald were lies.

Officer Dora Fontaine testified Wednesday in the trial of Thomas Gaffney, David March and Joseph Walsh. Prosecutors allege the three concocted a version of the shooting to protect Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of second-degree murder earlier this year.

Fontaine testified she saw the shooting of McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014. She said she told March what she saw: “Male black walking southbound, swaying the knife, twisting, falling.”

She said March’s reports about the incident didn’t match what she told him.

When asked about a claim McDonald raised his arm “as if attacking” Van Dyke, she denied she made such a claim.

Fontaine also said she’s been called a “traitor” by officers in the department for contradicting the reports.


4:40 p.m.

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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