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    Newly released images appear to confirm allegations that Chicago police had deleted surveillance footage of the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald from a Burger King restaurant’s computers shortly after the shooting took place.

    The photos, obtained by NBC, appear to show officers using the computer console that recorded the fatal shooting, where several chunks of footage mysteriously vanished that evening.

    While the police have denied tampering with the video, 86 minutes are missing, including the actual shooting. The fast food restaurant's manager also went public with the allegations against the police. He claimed that the officers sat in the back deleting footage for three hours.

    “We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files,” Burger King district manager Jay Darshane said in May. “I mean we were just trying to help the police officers.”

    On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, 17, was attempting to walk away from the police with a knife in his hand. The department initially claimed that he had lunged at officers, but those claims were disproved with the release of dashcam video.

    Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with first-degree murder, shot at the teen 16 times, including after he was already on the ground. He went to reload his weapon again, but another officer stopped him.

    An autopsy revealed that McDonald was struck by two bullets in the back, seven in his arms, two in his right leg, once on each side of his chest, and single bullets wounds to his right hand, scalp, and neck.  Nine of the 16 bullets entered from a downward trajectory.

    Van Dyke, who had been held since his arrest last Tuesday, was released on Monday after meeting a $1.5 million bail set by a judge.

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