Burger King Manager Told Grand Jury of Gap in Laquan McDonald Video

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As the shocking video of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald is played worldwide, other footage from the scene that night has gone missing.

Minutes after McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke on a Southwest Side street, several police officers entered a Burger King located just yards from where the teen fell, demanding to view the restaurant’s password-protected surveillance video, Jay Darshane, a district manager for the fast-food chain, told the Tribune this week.

When the police left the restaurant almost two hours later, the video had an inexplicable 86-minute gap that included when McDonald was shot, according to Darshane.

“I was just trying to help the police with their investigation,” Darshane said. “I didn’t know they were going to delete it.”

Darshane revealed to the Tribune for the first time that he testified about the missing footage before a federal grand jury earlier this year.

A technology support employee for Burger King who tried unsuccessfully to recover the video also appeared before the grand jury, he said.

In addition, the FBI hauled away the restaurant’s digital video recorder containing all its surveillance images, according to Darshane, who oversees several area Burger Kings.

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Source: chicagotribune.com