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Dexter Reed, the Black man who was killed by Chicago police officers in plainclothes was shot 13 times, according to the autopsy released on Thursday.

Cook County medical examiner’s autopsy report confirmed that Dexter Reed was shot five times in his legs, four times in the buttocks, twice in the chest and hit on the back and shoulder.

According to an investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, Reed allegedly first shot at officers after they pulled him over for a seatbelt violation. 

Officers then fired 96 shots in 41 seconds. Reed was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly after, according to AP.

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The family of Dexter Reed has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

According to AP, the suit accuses the Chicago Police Department of “brutally violent” policing tactics. 

“Chicago Police Department leaders promote brutally violent, militarized policing tactics,” the lawsuit claims. “The pretextual stop of Dexter Reed, and the escalation exhibited by the offending police officers, created an environment that directly resulted in his death.”

In the 76-page federal complaint, the family claims on March 21 multiple laws were violated when officers instigated a “predatory, violent, unlawful traffic stop” that ended in the death of Dexter Reed. 

The suit also claims that officers never properly identified themselves to Reed when he was stopped and no reasonable suspicion to stop him in the first place.  Officers then allegedly escalated the situation by drawing weapons on Reed. After the shooting offices failed to provide proper and timely medical care. 

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A video of plainclothes Chicago police firing nearly 100 gunshots at a Dexter Reed was released on Tuesday, spotlighting the dangers Black men face when pulled over by police. 

According to ABC News, Dexter Reed was shot and killed by Chicago police last month, after they allegedly pulled him over for failing to wear a seatbelt.

But how did a seatbelt stop end in the death of the 26-year-old Black man?

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According to the authorities, five officers in unmarked police vehicles surrounded Dexter Reed’s SUV with their weapons drawn and demanded he exit the vehicle.

Video shows Reed lowering his window, then raising it back up seemingly refusing to exit the SUV as police continue to yell and point their guns at the Black man.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, the organization created in 2016 after the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, said evidence suggests Reed fired at officers first, allegedly injuring one. 

Four officers then returned fire, shooting 96 rounds at Reed in under a minute. COPA also admitted that officers continued to shoot even after “Reed exited his vehicle and fell to the ground.”

Footage of the aftermath shows Reed’s SUV riddled with bullet holes. Officers can also be heard trying to find Reed’s weapon after the shooting. 

“I don’t know where the gun is,” an officer says. They eventually allegedly found a weapon on the passenger seat.

“He started shooting at us,” another officer says. “All of us were shooting,” another officer says repeatedly.

The March 21 shooting has left Dexter Reed’s family, devastated, confused and looking for answers. Why was Reed pulled over in the first place? Did officers have to shoot at the Black man 96 times? These are the many questions the Reed family deserves answers to. 

“I really can’t explain the pain that me and my family is going through, but I just hope there are people out there who understand he was a son, he was a brother, he was an uncle, he had loved ones,” Reed’s sister, Porscha Banks, told reporters. “He was somebody very important.”

Andrew M. Stroth, an attorney for the family, called the traffic stop unconstitutional, citing that officers were in plainclothes and did not announce themselves as police. 

“Nothing is going to bring Dexter back, but certainly efforts should be taken to make sure this doesn’t happen to another family,” he said.

Officers involved were placed on 30 days of administrative leave and Mayor Brandon Johnson said a full investigation is underway.

“Attempts to withhold or delay information are mistakes of the past,” he said during a news conference. “As mayor and as a father, raising a family, including two Black boys on the West Side of Chicago, I’m personally devastated to see yet another young Black man lose his life during an interaction with police.”

Major Johnson also condemned shootings against police, showing remorse for the Black officer who was shot, saying if that officer wasn’t as lucky as he was then they would be here “talking about the death of another Black man.”

It’s never the right thing to shoot at police, but if officers don’t identify themselves during traffic stops how are you supposed to know who the good guys are?

Daunte Wright suffered the same tragic fate in 2021 when he was fatally shot and killed by Kim Potter during a routine traffic stop. 

Tyre Nichols also died three days after he was pulled over at a traffic stop for “reckless driving.”

In no way should a routine traffic stop be a death sentence. Shooting at police is most certainly a no-no but without the overly-aggressive traffic stop for a nonviolent seatbelt infraction, how do we even get to the point where a Black man is killed by police?


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