*Ever wonder why there was no audio to go along with the video dashcam that showed Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting and killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald on October 20, 2014?
That’s because a recent report revealed that more often than not, microphones were stashed in the glove compartments of squad cars; batteries were pulled out and antennas were busted. According to DNAinfo Chicago, sometimes dash-cam systems didn’t have any microphones at all.
Last month police officials blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer error and “intentional destruction.”
That’s a LOT of covering up.
DNAinfo Chicago reviewed more than 1,800 police maintenance logs, and uncovered info on the whole “no-sound syndrome” that plagues the Police Department videos — including the notorious case surrounding what became known as the first-degree murder of Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke.
According to DNAinfo Chicago, maintenance records of the squad car used by Van Dyke, who shot and killed Laquan McDonald, and his partner, Joseph Walsh, show months-long delays for two dashcam repairs, including a long wait to fix “intentional damage.”
On June 17, 2014, records reveal a report where police technicians fixed a dashcam wiring issue in police vehicle No. 6412, the squad shared by Van Dyke and Walsh, about three months after it was reported broken.
A day later, the same vehicle’s dashcam system was reported busted again. It took until Oct. 8, 2014, to complete repairs of what technicians deemed “intentional damage,” according to reports.
Close to two weeks later on Oct. 20, 2014, dashcam video recorded, from squad car No. 6412 on the night Van Dyke shot and killed McDonald did not record audio. The video — which showed the shooting — went viral. But it had been taken from a different squad car, which also had no audio.
But it was on Nov. 21, 2014, when 10 videos were downloaded from Van Dyke’s squad car dashcam and reviewed, that it was determined “apparent … that personnel failed to sync the MICs [sic].”
Police records actually confirm this.
Van Dyke has since been charged with first-degree murder in Laquan’s shooting. And his partner Walsh, who filed reports supporting Van Dyke’s version of events; which didn’t jibe with the video of the shooting, has been placed on desk duty as criminal and disciplinary investigations continue.
Now why would a police officer intentionally dismantle the microphones? And is there any doubt that, if they could do this to the video camera itself…they would?
Is any further proof needed to show intent?