The city of Chicago has released video showing the 2013 shooting of an unarmed black teen, Cedrick Chatman.
The video was recorded by a surveillance camera and is low-quality. It shows the shooting from a distance. The shooting happens at the 5:40 mark of the video, which you can watch above.
Chatman was fatally shot by Officer Kevin Fry during a pursuit. Police say he ran from officers after they stopped him as a suspect in a carjacking.
Chatman’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against Fry, the city and the police department. Fry, who has been a Chicago officer since 2003, was not charged or disciplined in the shooting. Fry also shot a different unarmed teen in 2007 during a chase. The teen in that shooting survived and Fry was not disciplined. The city settled a $99,000 lawsuit with the victim.
The release of the video comes as a spotlight remains on the Chicago Police Department after Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with murder in the shooting death of another 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald. The outrage over that video and the way the investigation was handled led to the resignation of the city’s police chief, calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel and State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to also step down and pledges of reform by city and police officials.
Chatman was fatally shot on January 7, 2013, at about 1:45 p.m. near 75th Street and Boulevard, according to court documents from his family’s lawsuit against the city, which you can read above.
Officer Kevin Fry was responding to a call for a reported carjacking along with his partner, Officer Lou Toth. The officers stopped a car matching the description of the stolen car, a silver Dodge Charger, and Chatman got out and ran, police said.
Chatman ran south with the two officers following. Fry ran diagonally to try to cut off Chatman’s path, and says at some point Chatman “pointed a dark object back toward the officers as he continued to run,” according to the Independent Police Review Authority records seen by the Chicago Tribune.
Fry said he “feared for his life” and fired four shots, hitting Chatman twice, in the right side of his body and his forearm. Toth, Fry’s partner, did not fire.
Police investigators said they did not find a weapon, but found a black iPhone box believed to be the dark object seen by Fry.
Chatman’s family claims in their lawsuit that the teen was running with his back to the officers and was about to turn a corner when he was shot. They say the video proves that.
Fry’s lawyer, Andrew Hale, said in a statement to the Tribune the video supports the police account.
“Officers Fry and Toth identified a carjacked vehicle and had reason to believe that the suspect was armed,” Hale said. “After disobeying the officer’s order to exit the vehicle, the suspect reached to the floor and ran out of the vehicle with a dark object in his hand.”
The Chatman death is one of six police-involved shootings that former IPRA investigator Lorenzo Davis claims he was forced to change after finding against the officer.
Davis, who was fired IPRA, told CNN, the video “shows a shooting that should not have occurred. In my point of view, if you do not have to kill a person, then why would you?”
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