A Burger King manager who accuses Chicago police of erasing surveillance video in the case of a black teen shot last year by a white officer now charged with murder says he has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the case.
Jay Darshane told the Chicago Tribune that the FBI also took the video recorder containing all of the restaurant’s surveillance images. The accusation of tampering has fueled the anger of protesters who say the city, police and local prosecutors have mishandled the case. After months of refusals, the city released squad car video of the shooting on Tuesday in response to a judge’s order. But both the police chief and the Cook County state’s attorney deny the Burger King video was altered.
The Burger King is just yards from where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot and killed. It took just minutes for police to demand to see the restaurant’s password-protected video, Darshane said.