Angry crowd protests after Chicago police fatally shoot man

15 July, 2018, 18:03 | Author: Sheila Harris

- A man was fatally shot Friday night in the Grand Crossing neighborhood on the South Side, police said. None of the officers were injured. A weapon was recovered at the scene, he said, but did not say whether the man was armed when he was shot.

Officers armed with batons squared off with the protestors with punches thrown on both sides, multiple media accounts said and videos posted on Twitter show.

Tactical officers from the Fourth District were trying to stop the vehicle for an undisclosed reason about 9:35 the 7900 block of South Essex Avenue when the man got out of the back seat and started running, police said.

He also had magazines of ammunition, Chief Waller said.

Just hours after the shooting, the Chicago Police Department released a preliminary statement about the shooting saying the officer who fired the shots would be "placed on routine administrative duties for a period of 30 days".

A crowd of about 150 residents shouted "murderers" and obscenities, local media reports said.

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The man, who has not been identified, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told United States media that officers saw a bulge in the victim's pants that they thought was a gun. The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said.

Waller said police believe the man did not have a concealed carry permit for the semi-automatic weapon.

Some people claimed a female officer shot the man at least five times in the back as he ran away, the newspaper reported. Officers chased the him on foot and they said he started shooting at them. Chicago ABC station WLS captured video of protesters pushing and shoving back and forth with police officers.

They tossed rocks, bottles and jumped on police cars as the protest escalated near the crime scene in the 2000 block of 71st Street. Waller said a few protesters were arrested, but did not have a specific number.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the use of force.



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