Chicago Police Release Bodycam Footage Of Deadly Shooting

Maggie Penman,

This frame grab from police bodycam video provided by the Chicago Police Department shows authorities trying to apprehend a suspect (center), who appeared to be armed, Saturday in Chicago. The suspect was fatally shot by police during the confrontation.

Chicago Police Department via AP

Updated at 6:36 p.m. ET

Protests in Chicago escalated on Saturday night, becoming a tense clash between demonstrators and police over the fatal shooting of a man on the city’s South Side.

On Sunday, police released a 30-second video clip from an officer’s body-worn camera showing a black man shot by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip. According to The Associated Press, the man was “running away and reaching toward his waist when he was shot multiple times.”

The AP reports four officers are seen in the video approaching the man outside a store:

“An officer points to Augustus’ waist and he backs away. Three officers try to grab his arms and he tries to get away, backing into a police cruiser as his shirt flies up and shows the gun.

“The footage pauses and zooms in on the weapon. He then runs away and into the street as a police SUV drives up. He spins and darts between the SUV and the police cruiser as he reaches toward his waist.

The medical examiner has identified the deceased as 37-year-old Harith Augustus.

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The Chicago Tribune described a chaotic scene:

“The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m. at 2098 E. 71st St., and it took police about five hours to bring things under control. Some people screamed “murderers” as officers lined up against them. Some in the crowd held cameras up to take video, while others behind them threw rocks and glass bottles, some filled with urine.

“As officers tried to contain the crowd, some of them dragged people to the ground or struck them with batons. Other officers held batons over their heads to ward off people yelling at them.”

A reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times, Nader Issa, tweeted that he was “repeatedly pushed” by police officers, and that officers also smacked his phone out of his hands.

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A black flag waving outside the police station on Cottage Grove in Chicago.

Maggie Penman, , NPR, “Chicago Police Release Bodycam Footage Of Deadly Shooting”, https://www.npr.org/2018/07/15/629226998/protests-break-out-in-chicago-following-deadly-police-shooting
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