Protests Erupt In Chicago After Police Shooting

Protests Erupt In Chicago After Police Shooting

Police in Chicago have clashed with protesters after an officer fatally shot a black man who was suspected of carrying a gun.

Local residents had asked for more police presence in the area where the shooting took place but as news of Augustus' death spread, protesters took to the streets on Saturday night.

A woman tries to calm a man down as he yells at a police officer at the scene of a police involved shooting in Chicago, on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

Though police have yet to release the victim's name, activist organization Black Youth Project 100 identified him on Twitter as local barber Harith "Snoop" Augustus.

Police said he had a semi-automatic weapon along with magazines of ammunition, the report said.

"The police department gets no joy in these type of incidents", Waller said. In the past, almost all police officers are acquitted after shooting people of color.

The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Chief Waller said. People hurled rocks and bottles at officers, with some suffering minor injuries.

Tactical officers were conducting a traffic stop when a man exited the back of the vehicle and began running.

Protests Erupt In Chicago After Police Shooting
Protests Erupt In Chicago After Police Shooting

The newly released bodycam footage shows Augustus appearing to reach behind him as officers attempt to grab him from behind.

At about 6:30 p.m., three to four officers on foot saw the man "exhibiting characteristics of an armed person" and went to question him, according to tweet by Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.

Chicago is still reckoning from the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager killed in 2014. Two squad cars were also damaged.

Protests rocked the city after the videos were released.

Officers claimed he appeared to be armed, and the released video appears to confirm their assessment, as it reveals a pistol and ammunition magazine tucked into his trousers. Police recovered a weapon at the scene, but the slain man did not fire his gun at officers, Waller said.

Johnson said Augustus had a valid firearms license but did not have a concealed-carry permit.

The officers who shot Amorosi are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

Randale Truitt, 31, of the 200 block of East 70th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable for excesses.

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