Chicago police on Friday released body cam footage from the fatal shooting of unarmed Black teenager Paul O’Neal that shows officers firing down a street as the alleged car thief sped away and, moments later, officers handcuffing him as he lay mortally wounded behind a home on the city’s South Side, reports The Chicago Tribune.
The footage shows officers firing at least 15 shots on the reportedly stolen Jaguar as it drove away from them, writes The Tribune, and “their shots appear to place officers further down the street in danger of being shot.”
The city’s use of force policy bans officers from firing at a moving vehicle if it represents the only threat against officers, notes the news outlet:
The dead teen’s family was so distraught after viewing videos at the Independent Police Review Authority headquarters Friday morning that they left without making any public comment, their lawyer told reporters.
Outside of IPRA’s offices at Chicago and Ashland avenues, Michael Oppenheimer, the lawyer for O’Neal’s family, called the video footage “beyond horrific” and said he plans to call for a special prosecutor to look into the shooting of the unarmed teen.
“There is no question in my mind that criminal acts were committed,” said Oppenheimer, a former prosecutor. “What I saw was pretty cold-blooded.”
The unarmed O’Neal died of a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said.
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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: YouTube