As anger grows over the Laquan McDonald case, FOX 32 has learned there’s another police shooting captured on dash cam video that the city is refusing to release. This one occurred just days before McDonald’s murder in October of 2014.
FOX 32’s Dane Placko talked to the mother of the shooting victim, who says she wants the world to see what happened to her son.
FOX 32: What was it like for you to look at the Laquan McDonald video?
“It was hard. It kind of took a lot out of me because it put me in the mind of looking at the video of my son being killed the same way,” said Dorothy Holmes.
Holmes says her son was also a victim of a police shooting that should never have happened.
Ronald Johnson, 25, was killed by police in the 5300 block of King Drive last year, eight days before McDonald was shot.
Police say they were forced to shoot because Johnson pointed a gun at officers. But a wrongful death and excessive force lawsuit filed by Johnson’s family says Johnson was unarmed and did nothing to provoke the shooting.
“And he ran past that police car and that’s when you see the doors open on the police car and you just start seeing the shooting,” Holmes said.
Holmes says she saw the police dash cam video a month ago when she went to IPRA, the Independent Police Review Authority, which has been investigating the shooting for over a year. The officer who killed Johnson remains on paid leave.