Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

Did the officers who confronted Augustus even have a clue that he was known in the community as a barber, not a troublemaker? The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing a white police officer shoot a black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald, 16 times a year earlier.

The video shows police officers trying to detain Augustus in front of a grocery store.

The police superintendent said he wanted to maintain calm in the city to avoid a repeat of protests that escalated Saturday night. When they approached him, there was a confrontation.

"We can't have another night" like last night, Issa quoted Johnson in a tweet.

Chicago police officer put on desk duty after fatal shooting sparks protests

"On the other hand, this is a very hard position for the police officers in our community".

Chicago's Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said police began following a man in the South Shore neighborhood on Saturday "who they thought might be armed".

In the police bodycam vision, Augustus can be seen flailing away from police before his shirt is raised.

Larry Merritt, a fire department spokesman, said the man was taken to Jackson Park Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable for excesses.

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

The body cam video that was released does not have audio as there is a 30-second delay when the officer turns the device on. Johnson said he chose to release the video on Sunday because "the community needs answers and they need them now". Footage taken by local reporters show police rushing civilians with batons and shoving journalists covering the demonstrations.

A crowd of about 150 residents shouted "murderers" and obscenities, local media reports said, as demonstrators reportedly tossed rocks and bottles and jumped on police cars. No officers were hurt, police said.

The police then shot and killed Augustus, which has since sparked a wave of protests against authorities. It asked for the public's patience and cooperation. The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days.

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson chose to quickly disseminate the body camera video in the face of angry protests after the shooting.

A resident of the area, Gloria Rainge, told the Chicago Sun-Times Augustus, who was known in the Grand Crossing neighborhood as "Snoop", worked at a barbershop and had a five-year-old daughter.

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