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Published: Thu, July 19, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Chicago police release video from fatal shooting that sparked protests

Chicago police release video from fatal shooting that sparked protests

On Sunday, police released a 30-second video clip from an officer's body-worn an camera showing the black man shot by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip.

Neither of the videos has sound, said Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson, because the first 30 seconds of audio buffers as soon as the videos are activated. Dozens of protesters took the streets Saturday, with some demonstrators blasting the police "murderers" and a few slinging bottles and rocks at the officers.

His death set off several hours of unrest in the South Side neighborhood, as angry protesters and police clashed violently.

"To the family of Mr. Augustus, I offer you my sincerest condolences for your loss, especially as a parent, as a father", Johnson told reporters.

Michel Delpuech, the chief of the Paris Police Prefecture, said in a news conference on Monday morning that a majority of those arrested were celebrating along the Champs Elysees, with 90 of them remaining in custody. "We can't have another night like last night".

Four protesters were arrested and some police officers suffered minor injuries from thrown rock and bottles, some of which were filled with urine. Two squad cars also were damaged.

It is not fully clear why officers initially approached Augustus.

The officer that is responsible for the death of Augustus has been on the force for less than two years and he is still in his probational period. Officers claimed he appeared to be armed, and the released video appears to confirm their assessment, as it reveals a pistol and ammunition magazine tucked into his trousers.

Augustus then runs into the street as a police SUV drives up. That's when officers said they saw him reach for a weapon, and one of the officers opened fire, killing Augustus.

The Midwest Medical Examiner's Office says the 16-year-old died of multiple gunshot wounds at 10:35 a.m. Friday at a home on the 6000 block of Oriole Lane in Chanhassen. "The police department gets no joy in these type of incidents.it's not something that they plan to do".

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller explained officers were patrolling the city's South Side on foot when they spotted a black man "who they thought might be armed".

A freeze frame from the video shows Augustus reaching for what appears to be a Firearm Owners Identification Card, which allows qualified people to buy weapons, according to the Washington Post.

The man became combative, pushed the officers' arms away and flailed his arms, trying to escape, Waller said. He said the gun and the magazines had been sent for testing. "Several arrests were made", Waller said.

The city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it is committed to a thorough, objective and unbiased investigation of the shooting. Van Dyke is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges.

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