Laquan McDonald shooting witness says police made her change her story


CHICAGO — A woman who witnessed the 2014 police shooting of Laquan McDonald has filed a lawsuit, saying police pressured her to change her story and covered up what really happened.

Alma Benitez says she watched the shooting from a nearby Burger King and told news reporters that officers overreacted to McDonald’s threat.

Benitez says she was detained by police and told to retract or forget what she had seen.

The suit accuses several officers and detectives of then writing false reports misstating what Benitez and other witnesses at the scene had told them.

Officer Jason Van Dyke is charged with first degree murder in the shooting.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has recommended Van Dyke and other officers on the scene be fired for allegedly lying about what led to the shooting.