Harith Augustus: Protests and clashes in Chicago after officer-involved killing

Members of the Chicago police department scuffle with an angry crowd at the scene of a police involved shooting in Chicago on Saturday

Protesters shouted insults at the police and threw some bottles at them.

Footage from body cameras and surveillance cameras shows that a man who was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer was armed with what appears to be a handgun, a department spokesman said Sunday. "They go to question him, and at that point a confrontation ensues and he is shot".

The killing sparked waves of protests throughout the city, with demonstrators shouting "murderer" and "no justice, no peace" through the night, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

Three officers sustained minor injuries and there were four arrests.

Protesters in Chicago are demanding answers after the fatal shooting of a man by police prompted violent confrontations in the IL city.

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

The shot man's identity has not yet been released but he is thought to have been aged in his 30s, local media reported.

Augustus had been walking in the Windy City's South Shore neighborhood when cops patrolling on foot noticed a "bulge" around his waist and stopped him for questioning, according to Waller.

Augustus had been armed with a "semiautomatic weapon" and "had magazines on him", Waller said Saturday. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

He said Mr Augustus's family was in favour of releasing the video for the same reason. Additional protests are planned for 5 p.m. Sunday near Jeffrey Plaza.

"Every time they [police] kill one of us, they're doing an injustice to everybody", Aldo Reyes, a South Side resident involved in the protests, told the Sun Times on Saturday. Moments later, as he struggled with the officers, the video appears to show a gun tucked into his trousers on one side and a clip on the other. She told the paper that she saw the confrontation and said the officer told Augustus not to sell loose cigarettes.

Police say officers on patrol spotted what they suspected was a gun in Augustus' waistband Saturday evening.

However, the next moment Augustus - who had no recent criminal record - falls to the ground.

But because the law enforcement community either doesn't understand or doesn't care about how fed up black people are with the police shooting narrative, they take their time about responding to these kinds of concerns.

Van Dyke was charged with murder.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates officer-involved shootings, said it was analyzing the video. The teen's death led to the police chief being ousted and a series of reforms aimed at preventing future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.



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