BODYCAM: Chicago Police Shooting of Paul O’Neal

August 5, 2016

From the Chicago Tribune:

Videos from the fatal shooting of teenager Paul O’Neal by Chicago police show officers firing down a street as O’Neal sped away from them in a reportedly stolen car and, moments later, officers handcuffing O’Neal as he lay mortally wounded behind a South Shore home.

Acting with uncharacteristic swiftness, Chicago officials on Friday made public nine videos in all. Shortly before the 11 a.m. release, the head of the Chicago police oversight agency called the video footage “shocking and disturbing” and said that her heart went out to the family of 18-year-old O’Neal.

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.

 

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