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Chicago Releases Videos of Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed Teen

ABC 7 Chicago

Friday, 05 August 2016 03:18 PM

Chicago authorities on Friday released nine video clips related to last week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man who crashed a stolen car into a police vehicle, then fled into a nearby backyard where he was gunned down.

The videos, posted on the internet by the Independent Police Review Authority, included four clips from officers' body-mounted cameras and five clips from the dashboard cameras of police vehicles. The videos show officers shooting at the car driven by the suspect, Paul O'Neal, as well as the collision, on July 28 on the city's South Side.

In one video taken after the shooting, O'Neal is shown lying face down, with a blood stain on the back of his shirt as three officers try to put handcuffs on him. One officer can be seen searching through O'Neal's backpack and finding a screwdriver.

There was no video of the fatal gunshots, but body camera footage from a policeman heard saying he fired the shots starts as that officer exits the yard where the shooting took place. It shows him telling other officers that he fired three to five shots, and that he heard "gunshots coming at us."

No weapons were found on O'Neal. An autopsy found he died from a gunshot wound to the back.

In the video, the officer then returns to the backyard and tells other officers where he was when he fired.

"What I saw was pretty cold-blooded," Michael Oppenheimer, an attorney for the O'Neal family, said at a news conference held after the family viewed the videos. "There is no question in my mind that they ran this kid down and murdered him."

Oppenheimer called for a special prosecutor to investigate the case.

Another clip shows an officer gesturing toward other officers' body cameras and telling them to make sure they are all turned off.

Three Chicago officers were stripped of their authority last Friday and Saturday, after a preliminary investigation found they may have violated department policies during the shooting, the department said.

The United States has been embroiled for the past two years in a debate over excessive use of force by police against black men and women. Chicago police have come under criticism for some of those incidents, including the October 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was shot 16 times.

Last year, the Chicago Police Department revised its deadly force policy to bar officers from shooting at moving vehicles if no other weapons were being used against police.

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Chicago authorities on Friday released nine video clips related to last week's fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man who crashed a stolen car into a police vehicle, then fled into a nearby backyard where he was gunned down.
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