Published: Wed, July 18, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Outrage after Chicago police fatally shoot man

Outrage after Chicago police fatally shoot man

Video released from an officer's body-worn camera shows a black man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was running away and reaching toward his waist when he was shot multiple times.

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. "Don't you think if this volume of activity occurred on a similar stretch of area in a mostly white North Side area the police would "accost" a white man with a semi-visible gun in the same manner that happened in this case?" he asked.

For hours after the shooting, people remained on the street and yelled at police.

Johnson said he chose to release the video on Sunday because "the community needs answers and they need them now". Johnson told reporters on Sunday. "We can't have another night like last night". Two squad cars were also damaged.

Its not fully clear why officers initially approached Augustus. An officer points to Augustus' waist and he backs away.

During the confrontation with police, the man became combative and broke free from the officer. Officers pulled people to the ground and struck them with batons. Police recovered a weapon at the scene, but the slain man did not fire his gun at officers. Anthony Guglielmi, chief communications officer for the Chicago Police Department, later tweeted four protesters were arrested.

Tensions are mounting in Chicago after an officer fatally shot an armed black man Saturday evening. The man pushed the officers away and was shot when he appeared to reach for his weapon as he fled, Waller said.

He had a valid firearm owners' identification card but detectives have found no documentation showing he had a permit to carry a concealed weapon, Mr Johnson said.

Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said Saturday that officers reported seeing "a subject that they thought might have been armed around his waistband".

But he said that too often good officers allow bad ones to "poison the barrel" by looking the other way and staying silent when they see other officers brutalizing members of the public.

Graham said he believed the bottom line is had Augustus complied with police, he would have been arrested and bonded out of jail within a short time.

Calloway was instrumental in a legal battle that ultimately led a judge in 2015 to order the release of dash cam video showing the 2014 shooting of teenager Laquan McDonald.

The city's Civilian Office of Police Accountability has launched an investigation. Van Dyke is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges. A Justice Department report issued in January 2017 determined Chicago police officers were guilty of frequently using "excessive force" against the city's African-American and Latino populations.

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