A civilian witness of the 2014 Laquan McDonald shooting in Chicago is suing the city.
Alma Benitez, who saw the shooting from a nearby Burger King, alleges that "Chicago police officers pressured (her) to retract and/or forget what she witnessed," according to the federal lawsuit filed Thursday.
Speaking to the media in 2014 after the McDonald shooting, Benitez said that police "didn't need to shoot him. They didn't. They basically had him face-to-face. There was no purpose why they had to shoot him."
In her lawsuit, Benitez alleges that police prevented her from filming the scene with her cellphone and that they illegally detained her for six hours.
Benitez's lawsuit further claims that police reports from multiple Chicago cops included false information about the statements she and other witnesses made to police at the scene.
"The video of the Laquan McDonald shooting was withheld and the circumstances surrounding the shooting were falsely reported pursuant to the code of silence," the lawsuit states.
Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times in October 2014 as the 17-year-old walked away from officers. Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder in McDonald's shooting death.
In addition to Van Dyke, Chicago's police chief has called for the firing of four other officers because the information they reported about the McDonald shooting conflicted with what was shown in dashcam video of the incident.