Demonstrators confront police during a protest over the death in October 2014 of Laquan McDonald on Nov. 25, 2015, in Chicago.
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Chicago Police Department documents released Friday evening from the investigation into the shooting death of Laquan McDonald reveal that cops at the scene painted a dramatically different picture from what is shown in the dash-cam video, according to USA Today.

The court-ordered release of the disturbing video of Laquan, 17, shows that the victim had been shot as he was walking away from police officers while holding a knife.


But five police officers who were at the scene presented a different story, in which they supported Van Dyke's claim that he shot Laquan because he feared for his life, according to documents released Friday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration.

Van Dyke and the officers claimed that Laquan was moving toward Van Dyke when the officer fired, according to the newly released documents.

Van Dyke, who was the only officer to shoot, fired 13 of the 16 shots at Laquan while the teenager was lying on the ground, the report says.

The release of the video has sparked peaceful protest in the city amid calls from activists for the resignations of Emanuel and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. The protesters claim that Alvarez and Emanuel covered up the case. But the elected officials have refused to resign.


On Tuesday Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, noting "shaken and eroded" trust in police leadership over the incident, the report says.

Read more at USA Today.

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