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Union head says Chicago officers' due process being violated


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CHICAGO (AP) -- The head of the Fraternal Order of Police says the Chicago Police Department is violating the due process of seven officers who could lose their jobs for allegedly covering up Laquan McDonald's 2014 shooting.

A report by Chicago's inspector general following the release of video of McDonald's fatal police shooting prompted Superintendent Eddie Johnson to move last week to fire the officers.

Inspector General Joe Ferguson recommended the firing of 10. Johnson rejected the recommendation for one officer, and two others have retired.

Dean Angelo tells the Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/2bcXRiZ ) the FOP will represent the seven officers before the Chicago Police Board, which will decide their fate. He says their defense is being hampered by the union's inability to get its hands on the inspector general's report.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says the department will provide the officers a breakdown of their alleged rule violations.

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Information from: Chicago Sun-Times, http://chicago.suntimes.com/

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