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Four Chicago Officers Suspended In Laquan McDonald Investigation Are Back On Payroll

Four Chicago police officers under investigation in the Laquan McDonald shooting case are back on the city’s payroll. 

Officers Daphne Sebastian, Janet Mondragon, Ricardo Viramontes and Sgt. Stephen Franko were suspended without pay last summer over allegations that they covered up the investigation of McDonald's death by making and approving statements in police reports contradicted by video footage of the shooting.

The Chicago Tribune reportstheir disciplinary proceedings are being delayed until the Chicago Police Board completes the criminal trial of Jason Van Dyke. He's the officer charged with murder after McDonald was shot 16 times. 

Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson says he stands by an original recommendation that the four officers be fired and says they will be relegated to desk duty.