CHICAGO (AP) — The latest on the Chicago Police Department’s release of video related to the fatal shooting of a suspect by an officer (all times local):
The attorney for the family of an 18-year-old suspect slain by Chicago police says the police video of the shooting is “beyond horrific.”
Attorney Michael Oppenheimer says Paul O’Neal‘s family was distraught after watching the body camera and dashcam videos that were released to the public on Friday. Family spokesman Ja’Mal Green said O’Neal’s mother broke down.
Oppenheimer says the July 28 videos show that police took “street justice into their own hands” when they killed O’Neal.
An autopsy showed that O’Neal died of a gunshot wound to the back.
Though the videos show officers saying they thought O’Neal fired at them, no gun was ever found.
Green said the officers involved need to be held accountable. Three officers were stripped of police powers after the department determined they violated policy.
Video related to the fatal shooting of a car theft suspect shows Chicago police officers firing on a moving vehicle that then strikes a squad car before an occupant runs out.
The video made public Friday shows officers pursuing the man through a yard and over a fence while shots are heard ringing out. Officers then cuff the suspect, who is face down on the ground with blood on the back of his white shirt.
The recording catches the car being pursued by officers as it blows through a stop sign and smashes head-on into another police cruiser.
More than a half-dozen officers are seen racing between houses into backyards in pursuit of a person who fled from the car.
One officer needs help scaling a wooden gate, while the officer wearing the body camera is unable to climb over and walks around to the rear of another home where other officers have the suspect on the ground.
One officer can be heard saying “I shot. I don’t know who was shooting in the alley.”
The head of the agency that investigates Chicago police misconduct says video related to an officer’s fatal shooting of an 18-year-old suspect in a car theft is “shocking and disturbing.”
The Independent Police Review Authority plans to release the video at 11 a.m. Friday in the shooting death of Paul O’Neal, whose autopsy results showed died of a gunshot wound to the back. Police Supt. Eddie Johnson stripped three officers of their police powers after officials said a preliminary determination concluded they had violated department policy in the July 28 shooting.
Police have announced that a body camera of an officer involved in the shooting was not recording at the time.
On Friday morning before the video’s release, IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley put out a statement saying the video was being released because doing so won’t jeopardize the agency’s investigation.
The public is set to get its first look at videos related to last week’s fatal Chicago police shooting of an 18-year-old suspect in a car theft.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson has said dashcam and body camera videos suggest violations of departmental policy in the shooting of Paul O’Neal, who autopsy results show died of a gunshot wound to the back.
The release scheduled for Friday morning marks the first time the city will make public such material in a fatal police shooting under a new policy that calls for it to do so within 60 days.
The policy is part of an effort to restore public confidence in the department after video released last year showing a black teenager shot 16 times by a white officer sparked protests and led to the ouster of the former police superintendent.
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