Footage of the shooting of Chicago, Illinois teen, Paul O’Neal, has been released online today by the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA).
Atlanta Black Star reported that the 18 -year-old was shot during an arrest on July 29 after fleeing a black sedan. IPRA was given the task of investigating the officers involved to see if they followed proper protocol.
After the nine cam videos were released at 11 a.m., Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson released this statement :
“I applaud the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley for being so transparent and open with the video release and I want to pledge the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department during this investigation.
My promise to the people of Chicago is that we will be guided by the facts and should wrongdoing be discovered; individuals will be held accountable for their actions.
The shooting of Mr. O’Neal has raised a lot of questions about whether departmental policies were followed. While IPRA conducts a thorough investigation, we will not wait to look for ways we can learn from this incident.
I’ve challenged my team to take a hard look at the training and tactics from this incident, including looking at national best practices on use of force to determine how we can best serve our officers so that they can best serve the people of the city.
You can expect this department to be open and honest about what we discover and we will work together with our community partners to implement solutions.
In order to work toward making a better department we must acknowledge the things we can do better and that work starts today.”
In the bodycam footage provided by IPRA, one of the officers involved says that cops fired shots at a black sedan. That officer makes his way over to where O’Neal was arrested and then the cam captures the profane-laced chaos.
“I think I shot that mother****,” one officer says.
One officer can be heard calling O’Neal a “b**** a** mother**** as police arrests him.
“F***ing shooting at us,” an officer says as police cuff O’Neal.
This tweet below shows that Chicago Police violated one of its own policies by shooting into a moving vehicle.
— Matt D. Ramos (@mattdramos) August 5, 2016
Now, O’Neal’s family is crushed by the latest developments.
“We just watched a family watch the execution of their loving son. It is one of the most horrific things that I have seen, aside from being in a movie. These police officers decided to play judge, jury and executioner,” said family attorney Michael Oppenheimer in a news conference.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 5, 2016