Videos of Chicago police shooting an unarmed man have been released.
The Independent Police Review Authority confirmed that videos of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal being shot by police would released through an online case portal at around 11 a.m on Friday. O’Neal’s family saw the videos first at around 9 a.m.
The incident occurred in the city’s South Shore neighborhood on Thursday, July 28. The officers were responding to a report of a stolen Jaguar. Police stated that O’Neal crashed the stolen vehicle into two squad cars. After taking off running, O’Neal, who was unarmed, was shot in the back by police and died.
Several videos were released, featuring hours of footage. A clip of the car crash and police chasing O’Neal can be seen in the ABC 7 news clip below.
The videos were recorded on dashboard cameras and body cameras from two of the three officers who shot O’Neal. Chicago Police Department spokesman Frank Giancamilli said that the officers received their body cameras 8-10 days before the fatal shooting occurred.
Three officers were stripped of their police powers. The victim’s family also filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on Monday.
Depending on what viewers find in the videos, police all around the country could receive a lot of backlash. These types of crimes against members of the African American community are becoming all too common, and people are ready for police to begin to be held accountable for their actions.