Attorneys: Chicago cops falsified witnesses’ accounts, threatened them

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Chicago (CNN)At least three witnesses to the Laquan McDonald police killing were questioned for hours, threatened by officers and ordered to change their accounts to match the official Chicago police version of the shooting, the attorneys for the teen’s estate say.

The allegations are contained in more than 3,000 pages of recently released documents related to the case. The attorneys also allege that police officers up the chain of command fabricated witness accounts to support the way officers at the scene described the October 20, 2014, shooting as justified.

“It’s not just the officers on the street,” attorney Jeffrey Neslund told CNN. “It’s a lieutenant, a sergeant and detectives — and the lengths they went to justify what simply was not true.”

CNN contacted Neslund and Michael Robbins after the city released the documents to the news media in response to multiple Freedom of Information Act requests.

Asked if they stood by the accusations they made in letters to the city’s corporation counsel last March, Robbins said, “Absolutely.”

“You have a false narrative put out by police,” he said, “outright lies to cover up an illegal shooting, corroborated by other officers.”

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