Monday, August 01, 2016

Top Chicago Cop: Possibly Policy Violation in Shooting

The following excerpts are taken from a NY Times article "Top Chicago Cop: Possibly Policy Violation in Shooting"

>> CHICAGO — Dashcam and body camera videos of a fatal police shooting of an 18-year-old suspect last week suggests violations of departmental policy, Chicago's police superintendent said Sunday ...

Eddie Johnson spoke at a news conference a day after relieving a third officer in the shooting of his police powers; the same action was taken against two other officers Friday. Autopsy results showed that Paul O'Neal, of Chicago, died of a gunshot wound to the back during a stolen vehicle investigation in the city's South Shore neighborhood.

[...] Relieving officers of their police powers is considered a more serious step than putting officers on desk duty, which is routinely done after an officer-involved shooting. Officers relieved of police powers must turn in their badges and can't make arrests.

[...] Authorities have said officers stopped a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Police said officers opened fire after the driver, identified as O'Neal, put the car in drive and sideswiped a squad car and a parked vehicle. He was later pronounced dead at a hospital.

O'Neal was black; police have not provided any identifying information about the officers who were involved.

The handling of officer-involved shootings in Chicago has come under intense scrutiny since the release last November of a video that shows a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Investigators from Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority, are looking into the O'Neal shooting, and said the footage would be posted online within 60 days, per new city policy. [...] <<


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