Dec 182015

For Immediate Release 

A Case for Investigating the Cover Up

CHICAGO, Illinois December 15, 2015 –

COAL applauds Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s positive response to the many requests, including COAL’s, to have the Department of Justice investigate the murder of LaQuan McDonald and its implication of a Chicago Police Department culture that does not serve and protect all citizens of this City in a fair and equitable manner and one that does not respect the civil rights of all residents, nor the value of black lives.

The Attorney General  “opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into Chicago Police Department (CPD), pursuant to the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994.  The department’s investigation of CPD will seek to determine whether there are systemic violations of the Constitution or federal law by officers of CPD.  The investigation will focus on CPD’s use of force, including racial, ethnic and other disparities in use of force, and its systems of accountability.”

But this is not nearly enough.

COAL calls on the Department of Justice to specifically investigate the preponderance  of evidence that points to a cover up of the LaQuan McDonald murder for political purposes.

  • The Mayor and his administration fought the release of the video;
  • The Mayor stated that he did not see a video that he so vigorously fought to repress; but has not stated that he was not aware of the video’s content;
  • The Mayor’s Corporation Counsel brokered a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family that included a no-release clause of the video that the Mayor had not seen; and prior to the family filing a law suit against the City;
  • A number of aldermen have stated that they were either mis-led or lied to by the City’s Corporation Counsel;
  • It appears that there was no investigation into the Burger King manager’s strong claim that CPD officers deleted 81 minutes of facility video of events surrounding the killing of LaQuan McDonald;
  • It took over 400 days for real movement on one of the perpetrators of this crime;
  • The State’s Attorney Anita Alavarez did not charge CPD Officer Van Dyke until she knew that the video would be released due to a cook county circuit court order.

The net bottom line is that a policeman was videotaped murdering a citizen in an unprovoked, extremely vicious manner. Yet the perpetrator was not arrested and the incendiary evidence of his crime was suppressed – at the height of a municipal election for Mayor and Aldermen.

COAL requests that the Department of Justice open an investigation into whether or not there was a cover up of this crime at the highest levels of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration which would be suppression of evidence of a crime and obstruction of justice.

We further request that the Department of Justice look into the distinct possibility of collusion between the City of Chicago and the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney to obstruct justice.

The citizens of Chicago and of Cook County demand no less.


Clarence N. Wood, Chairman
Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL)
(312) 404-8269
[email protected] 


Craig K. Wimberly,  President & Chair Public Policy
Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL)
(773) 350-9315
 [email protected]


The Coalition of African American Leaders (COAL) believes that it is important to examine the critical issues confronting the African American community where injustice, inequality and the absence of access and opportunity continue to prevail, thereby negatively impacting us as a people.  C.O.A.L. is an assemblage that advocates and organizes for appropriate and responsible public policy change, system behavior change and equality of opportunity.  We aim to achieve for all of our people the fullness of the life experience without any form of racism or exclusion as a deterrent.  We believe we must prepare ourselves for the opportunity of this full participation, thereby achieving the necessary education and training to participate.

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