Friday, January 15, 2016
Chicago Police Release 3-Year Old Video Of Police Shooting Unarmed 17-Year Old
Mayor Rahm Emanual (D) and Chicago Police have another police action shooting case to worry about after police finally released video of the shooting of a 17-year old black suspect police thought may have been involved in a car jacking reported a short time earlier. Three of the city-installed blue light cameras near the intersection where the shooting took place show police chasing after a fleeing Cedrick Chatman. One of the officers stops in the middle of the intersection and fires several shots at the fleeing suspect, striking and killing him instantly. In one of the videos, a police officer is shown resting his foot on the victim's body.
The case is also very problematic for Cook Co. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez (D), who is in a tough re-election battle. She was criticized for waiting more than a year after police were forced to release video in the LaQuan McDonald shooting before filing murder charges against the officer who shot and killed him without provocation. Alvarez reviewed this same video and determined no charges should be filed against the officer who killed Chatman. What police claimed looked like a gun Chatman was carrying turned out to be a black iPhone box.
The McDonald and Chatman cases underscore the need for public access laws that force police to release to the public videos of police action shootings and other interactions with the public as Indiana lawmakers debate this issue. House lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would leave it up to the police to decide whether to release such videos.