Police bodycam footage shows gun on victim before deadly shooting

Frederick Owens
July 16, 2018

Chicago Police Department released - without audio - body cam footage on Sunday, July 15 of a fatal officer-involved shooting in Chicago's South Shore the day before. He would not name the officer who shot Augustus.

Augustus had been armed with a "semiautomatic weapon" and "had magazines on him", Waller said Saturday.

Several Chicago police officers were injured when protesters threw bottles and rocks on Saturday. One protester could be seen stomping on the hood of a police vehicle.

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

Three officers sustained minor injuries and there were four arrests. Officers struck back with batons.

The man broke free and ran from the officers, who believed "he appeared to be reaching for a weapon" and shot him, he said.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Augustus wasn't a known gang member and had no recent arrest history.

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Sunday said he'd ordered the quick release of the 30-second video clip to dispel rumours the victim was unarmed and ward off any further confrontations between residents and police.

Police bodycam footage shows gun on victim before deadly shooting

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

Saturday's confrontation is the latest incident illustrating the deep-seated mistrust between residents of Chicago's predominantly black and Latino neighbourhoods and police.

Police plan to release footage from officers' body-worn cameras later Sunday.

No officers were injured during the shooting, which Fox 35 Chicago reported is now being investigated by Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability to determine whether the deadly use of force was justified.

He said Augustus' family was in favor of releasing the video for the same reason.

Johnson said Augustus had a valid firearm owners' identification card but detectives have found no documentation that he had a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

The department said the shooting remains under investigation and that any officers involved will be placed on "routine administrative duties for a period 30 days".

On Saturday, Chicago gun violence left two people dead, including a 16-year-old boy, on Saturday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. McDonald's death led to the departure of the police chief and reforms meant to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

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