Police moved to quickly release body cam footage of the incident that triggered an angry response in Chicago on Saturday.
The police shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augustus and the subsequent rush to judgment by the obligatory mob saw clashes between cops and “protesters” in a mini-riot that fortunately didn’t erupt in mayhem, fires and looting ala Ferguson.
According to authorities, the dead man had a gun and acted in a manner that threatened the safety of officers which resulted in his becoming a statistic in the great 2018 Windy City body count.
Not that the hair-trigger hotheads who clashed with police and the others who took to the streets would ever wait for the details before ransacking their own city but the body cam video has done much to quiet matters down because it corroborates the cops’ side of the story.
The dude had a gun and appeared to be going for it.
Via the Associated Press “Man killed by Chicago police ran away, reached for waist”:
A man killed by Chicago police had a gun in a holster at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around and reached toward his waist, footage released Sunday from an officer’s body-worn camera shows.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it’s the quickest he has ever ordered such video released and that he hoped to dispel rumors that Harith Augustus, 37, was unarmed. He also hoped that making the 30-second clip public would prevent another violent confrontation between residents and officers.
Protesters angry about the killing took to the streets Saturday in a city that’s struggled with police shootings, especially against black men and other minorities. Some threw rocks and bottles at officers — including ones filled with urine — and police pulled people to the ground and hit them with batons.
“The community needs some answers and they need them now,” Johnson told reporters Sunday. “We can’t have another night like last night.”
He said Augustus’ family was in favor of releasing the video for the same reason.
The footage must have been convincing enough because there was no violent unrest in Chicago on Sunday and Shaun King’s Twitter feed has gone unusually silent for a POC-police shooting incident.