Chicago Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden lied to reporters when he told the Chicago Tribune last October that seventeen-year-old Laquan McDonald lunged at police, thereby justifying their shooting him 16 times.
We know that was a lie because Chicago finally, after a year, and at the demand of the state judge, released the video this week of Laquan’s murder. What other way to characterize a 17-year-old being gunned down on a city street. In any other context, the perpetrator would’ve been arrested on the spot, and we’d now be well on our way to trial.
But because the defendant was a Chicago Police Officer – albeit one with a history of complaints, 10 for excessive force in which four were proven (although his actions were deemed appropriate) – it took a year to get him charged and a court battle to get the video of his actions released to the public.
Fortunately, we’ve got the video and what we now know is that when Pat Camden’s mouth moves, he’s probably lying. When he says this or that “suspect” (read: brother, son, father, uncle) pointed a gun at police, there’s a good chance that no gun existed at all.
Or that when he talks about an “individual” (read: human being with hopes, dreams, problems, loves, hates) threatening police, Pat Camden is probably feeding you a bunch of bullshit.
Pat Camden is paid to say stupid and false things because Pat Camden’s job – much like the spokesman for any particular interest or organization – is to defend police officers, right or wrong, true or not.
What’s Rahm Emmanuel’s excuse?
Pro-Tip: Google Pat Camden Youtube to watch Pat prevaricate.