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Chicago Lawyers Consulted Rahm Emanuel Before Covering Up McDonald Video

laquan mcdonaldAccording to a series of emails obtained by The Daily Beast, Chicago lawyers made the decision to keep the shooting video of Laquan McDonald out of the public eye days after consulting Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

According to Emanuel’s own recollection, he met with city lawyers “towards the end of March” to discuss the contents of the video, which shows a police officer continuing to pump dozens of rounds into the 17-year-old as he laid motionless on the ground. After that meeting, emails show city lawyers “drafted settlement language to keep the dashcam video hidden for at least several years.”

Lawyers for McDonald’s family angrily emailed the city lawyers on April 6, pointing out that the request to bury the video came out of the blue. “The provision as drafted, that we maintain the confidentiality, of the materials — principally the dash-cam-video — until the criminal charges are concluded, which could be in effect for years, is entirely unreasonable. Nor was any such broad sweeping confidentiality provision discussed during our meetings.”

At the time, Emanuel was in the middle of a contentious runoff election and fighting to hold onto his job. Coincidentally, city lawyers and the McDonald family finally reached a settlement the day after Emanuel won re-election.

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