NavyJack – Chicago Police Warn of Nationwide Protests Over Paul O’Neil Shooting (Updated 08/09/2016)
Multiple videos were released on Friday showing the Chicago Police shooting of Paul O’Neil, an unarmed teen. Officers can be seen firing at the teen in a stolen Jaguar. They are shown chasing, apprehending and then pushing his head down to the sidewalk after he’d been shot.
“What I saw was a cold-blooded murder. It was a cold-blooded killing. You don’t even shoot — you shouldn’t even shoot dogs that are running away” said Michael Oppenheimer, the attorney for O’Neal’s family.
The 18-year-old was shot and killed by police during a stolen vehicle investigation in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood.
The videos released include a dash-cam from the squad car with two officers involved in the shooting, as well as body camera videos from the officers in that car. Several of the videos show officers firing. The videos show the Jaguar O’Neil was driving hitting a police SUV, and O’Neal running as police pursued him behind some homes, running up driveways and jumping fences. There does not appear to be any video showing shots being fired after O’Neal is seen running away from the car. Representatives of O’Neal’s family say that’s when he was shot in the back. Shots can be heard on body camera footage during the chase, and one officer can be heard asking who was firing. The videos capture at least 15 shots being fired as the Jaguar passed the officers and drove away. The sound of four more shots can be heard during the foot pursuit.
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The Chicago Police Department has issued an alert to warn law enforcement departments around the country that the release of today’s of body camera video showing the fatal shooting of a black man by three officers may cause violence against police in their own communities.
“Law enforcement authorities in Chicago warned that making the video of Paul O’Neal’s death public, along with the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri, may cause an uptick in violence against police nationwide.”
Three Chicago police officers have been relieved of duty after a preliminary determination that they had violated police department policy, according to Fox News.
Police nationwide have been on high alert since a sniper killed five officers during a Black Lives Matter protest on July 7 and another three officers were gunned down in Baton Rouge, Louisiana only 10 days later. The Chicago Tribune has complete coverage of this evolving story.
According to Fox News, one Chicago gang has claimed to have a sniper in place and said that it has distributed illegal automatic weapons to other gangs. Local authorities are on high alert, and officers have been asked to “limit their interactions” as well as their visibility.
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