Chicago Police Release Body Cam Footage of Unarmed Teen Being Shot By Cops
The body cam videos of an unarmed Chicago teen being chased and ultimately killed by police have been made public.
During a July 28 incident, 18-year-old Paul O’Neal was shot and killed by Chicago police following a chase in the South Side neighborhood of the city.
Police were responding to calls of a reported stolen Jaguar. O’Neal was behind the wheel of a Jaguar at the time of the incident when multiple cop cars chased him down a tree-lined street and shot at him.
The teen crashed the car into a police vehicle and gave chase on foot. Police followed him and continued to open fire as he ran behind a residential home, where he was fatally shot.
The unarmed teen was put in handcuffs as he succumbed to his wounds.
Almost the entire incident was caught on body cam; the fatal shot was not on the video. The audio of the shooting can be heard on other body cam videos that have been released.
Three of the officers who responded to the call have been suspended as the department conducts a full investigation. No one has been charged. The Chicago Police Department said they will provide "full cooperation" as the investigations are conducted.
Following the shooting, one of the body cameras caught an unnamed officer asking if O’Neal had shot at them first.
The officer was recorded asking: “They shot at us, too, right?"
Sharon Fairley, the head of the Independent Police Review Authority, the police oversight board, called the footage “shocking” and “disturbing.”
Before the footage was made public Friday at 11 a.m., the family of the late teen viewed the tapes and walked out of the room where they were played.
Family spokesperson Ja’Mal Green told CNN: “They can only take so much. Once the gunshots started, they immediately left the room ... crying, breaking down."
On Monday, the O’Neal family filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the police officers, alleging that they shot at O’Neal “without lawful justification or excuse.”
Michael Oppenheimer, a lawyer for the O’Neal family, called the footage “beyond horrific,” according to The Chicago Tribune.
“There is no question in my mind that criminal acts were committed. What I saw was pretty cold-blooded,” he added.
At a press conference Friday afternoon, Oppenheimer accused the police of being "judge, jury and executioner," saying the cops had their own type of "martial law."
O'Neal's sister, Briana Adams, said during the press conference: "Words can’t describe how I feel at this moment… I want everyone to know that Paul was loved by mother. He was everyone’s best friend."