Chicago releases (another) new video of police shooting (another) unarmed black teen
BY COLIN DAILEDA
The city of Chicago released another long-buried video on Thursday that shows another police officer fatally shooting yet another black teenager after officials there officially dropped their objection to its release.
Protests have wracked Chicago and officials have scrambled to appear transparent ever since the November release of a similar video in which an officer shot a black teenager named Laquan McDonald 16 times.
This latest video shows an officer gunning down 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman, who was unarmed and fleeing police when he was shot and killed.
Officer Kevin Fry, who was not reprimanded for the fatal shooting, said Chatman turned and pointed a "black object" at him as Chatman fled, an action not seen in the video.
Fry has been the subject of 30 complaints throughout his career, according toDNAInfo, and yet he has never once been disciplined.
Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden attempted to justify the fatal shooting and said Fry had been in fear of his life.
Camden has lied about police shootings in the past, and is often among the first officials to try to establish a narrative after an officer kills someone, an investigation by the Chicago Tribune showed.
Chatman and two friends had robbed a man of $400 earlier that day, and Chatman had taken off in the man's car. Fry and another officer recognized the car and approached Chatman, at which point he got out of the vehicle and fled.
Police initially charged Chatman's two collaborators with his murder, though they were not at the scene when Fry fatally shot the teenager.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy after the release of the McDonald video, and has desperately tried to appear transparent and dedicated to police reform in its aftermath.
Protesters, however, are calling for his resignation, fed up with years of violence at the hands of police and what they say is an ongoing attempt to cover up the killings.
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