The photos, obtained by NBC, appear to show officers using the computer console that recorded the fatal shooting, where several chunks of footage mysteriously vanished that evening.
While the police have denied tampering with the video, 86 minutes are missing, including the actual shooting. The fast food restaurant's manager also went public with the allegations against the police. He claimed that the officers sat in the back deleting footage for three hours.
“We had no idea they were going to sit there and delete files,” Burger King district manager Jay Darshane said in May. “I mean we were just trying to help the police officers.”
On October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, 17, was attempting to walk away from the police with a knife in his hand. The department initially claimed that he had lunged at officers, but those claims were disproved with the release of dashcam video.
An autopsy revealed that McDonald was struck by two bullets in the back, seven in his arms, two in his right leg, once on each side of his chest, and single bullets wounds to his right hand, scalp, and neck. Nine of the 16 bullets entered from a downward trajectory.
Van Dyke, who had been held since his arrest last Tuesday, was released on Monday after meeting a $1.5 million bail set by a judge.