Fatal Police Shooting Sparks Intense Protest In Chicago

Frederick Owens
July 15, 2018

Police violently clashed with protesters who marched toward a Chicago police station from the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting on Saturday.

Chicago police officers on foot said they observed a man "exhibiting characteristics of an armed person", Anthony Guglielmi, the Chicago Police Department's chief communications officer, said in a statement shared on Twitter.

Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles, Waller said, and some squad cars were damaged.

Tension boiled over about 7:30 p.m.as police tried to push protesters back from the scene, with officers hitting at least six people with batons and some protesters punching back.

When they approached the man, he "started flailing and swinging away, trying to make an escape" and then "reached for the gun", Mr Waller said.

Chief Waller said police believed the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon.

People outside the crime scene after the shooting claimed a female officer shot the man, a neighborhood barber, at least five times in the back as he ran away, and that the officer was taken away from the scene in a police vehicle afterward as the crowd formed.

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He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.

Chief Waller said protesters threw bottles and jumped on top of a squad auto, with social media videos showing punches thrown on both sides.

As protesters gathered earlier, one protester used a megaphone to yell out the names of other people who had been fatally shot by Chicago police, including 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.

They tossed rocks, bottles and jumped on police cars as the protest escalated near the crime scene in the 2000 block of 71st Street.

Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the shooting to see whether use of deadly force was justified, according to Fox 32 Chicago.

Three officers sustained minor injuries and there were four arrests. He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder.

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