Emanuel administration emails released to the press on New Year's Eve suggest top mayoral staffers knew there was dash-cam video of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in early December 2014.
The emails also show the city's law department asked the police for dash-cam footage of the McDonald shooting in November 2014, a year before the the city released the McDonald shooting video under a court order.
Mayoral aides learned that the video could be problematic for the administration after then-chief of the Independent Police Review Authority emailed the mayor's deputy chief of staff for public safety on December 8, 2014 about the McDonald case. Specifically, the email linked to a web posting from Craig Futterman of the University of Chicago Law School and Jamie Kalven of the Invisible Institute that called into question the police's account of the McDonald shooting, which occurred in October 2014.
In response to the web posting from Futterman and Kalven, a reporter reached out to the city's law department about the case on December 8, 2014.
"This is not a lawsuit as of now," Liza Franklin in the corporation counsel's office said in an email to other law department officials following the media inquiry.
A link to a Slate article written by Kalven in February 2015 about McDonald's autopsy report was also shared by mayoral press aides and top City Hall staffers, the emails showed.
Click through for more on the emails, which also detail how the mayor's office managed the fallout after release of the McDonald video.