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Chicago inspector general releases Laquan McDonald shooting report

CHICAGO -- Chicago's inspector general has delivered to the police department a report on the fatal 2014 police shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald, a police spokesman confirmed Tuesday.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department was reviewing the report and will respond, but didn't know how long the process would take. A spokeswoman for Inspector General Joseph Ferguson refused to comment.

The department also announced the retirement of Deputy Chief David McNaughton, who determined the shooting by officer Jason Van Dyke complied with department policy. That finding was harshly criticized when police dashcam video of the shooting was released in November under a judge's order.

The video contradicted accounts by officers on the scene that the teenager lunged threateningly in their direction. McDonald, who was carrying a knife but walking away from officers, was shot 16 times.

The report is not binding, according to the Chicago Tribune, but the newspaper reports that it was expected to include recommendations for disciplinary actions to be taken against specific officers.

Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder. His lawyer says Van Dyke acted properly and resorted to deadly force because he feared for his life.

The department's announcement about McNaughton's retirement makes no mention of the McDonald case.

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