News Release
August 30, 2016

Disciplinary Charges Relating to the Laquan McDonald Shooting Filed with the Police Board

Today, the Superintendent filed with the Police Board charges against five members of the Police Department alleging multiple rule violations stemming from the police-involved fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. The Superintendent has recommended that each of the five officers be discharged from the Chicago Police Department.

The accused officers are: Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, Sergeant Stephen Franko, Police Officer Janet Mondragon, Police Officer Daphne Sebastian, and Police Officer Ricardo Viramontes.

The role of the Police Board is to serve as an impartial body that makes decisions based on the evidence presented at a disciplinary hearing. The Board takes final action on all cases in public at its monthly meetings, where each Board member’s vote is announced and recorded, and the Board posts on its website its written decisions, which include detailed explanations of the reasons for the Board’s findings.

It is the Board’s expectation that these cases will proceed like all Police Board cases: there will be an initial status hearing, discovery, a pre-hearing conference, and then the evidentiary hearing. The initial status hearing of these cases is scheduled for Monday, September 19, at 10:00 a.m. in the hearing room at the Board’s office.

The charges filed by the Superintendent and information about the Board’s process for handling disciplinary cases are available below:

Charges: Case Nos. 16 PB 2908, 2909, 2910, 2911, 2912

Overview of the Disciplinary Process

The Police Board does not comment on the substance of specific disciplinary cases that have been filed with the Board.

The public is reminded that the filing of charges is not evidence of guilt. The accused officers are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair hearing at which the Superintendent has the burden of proving guilt by a preponderance of the evidence.