CHICAGO (AP) – Two Chicago police officers involved in the case of the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald are on administrative leave.
Chicago police said Friday that Detective David March and Officer Joseph Walsh have been taken off the street pending an investigation into McDonald’s death.
Walsh’s partner, Officer Jason Van Dyke, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in McDonald’s death. He is accused of shooting the black teen 16 times.
The Chicago Tribune reports that Walsh and March gave accounts of McDonald’s shooting death that don’t reflect video of the event. The police department says it put the men on leave on the recommendation of the Chicago Office of Inspector General in mid-December.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says Walsh is assigned to desk duties and that March has been removed from current investigations.