NEWS BRIEF Chicago police released several videos Friday, including footage from dash and body cameras, that show officers shooting and killing an unarmed black man driving away from police.
Hours before media published the video, Sharon Fairley, the head of Chicago’s police oversight agency, called it “shocking and disturbing.” The nine videos show a car chase through South Side Chicago that ended in the death of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal. The fatal shot, however, is not shown, because though the officer who killed O’Neal wore a body camera, it was not, as we previously reported, turned on during the shooting.
Police had tried to stop O’Neal, who was believed to be driving a stolen Jaguar convertible, around 7:30 p.m on July 28. He was chased until he smashed into a police car. At that point, the video shows two officers, guns drawn, jump out of their cars and shoot at O’Neal in a crossfire, something that appears to violate department policy, which prohibits shooting at a vehicle when it’s the only danger.
In the videos, O’Neal’s car crashes to a stop. He then runs into a home’s backyard. Officers follow, climbing a gate. There is no footage of the fatal shot. When the other officers arrive, O’Neal lies on the ground, in handcuffs, bleeding from his back as officers check to see if any of them were injured. O’Neal later died.