Judge to rule on release of another Chicago police shooting video

Reuters News
Posted: Jan 14, 2016 11:05 AM

By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A judge in Chicago was due to rule on Thursday on the release of video footage of a fatal police shooting of a black teenager, after the city dropped its opposition to the images being made public.

The videos show the killing of Cedrick Chatman, 17, in January 2013 and have been sealed under a protective order while the shooting is being investigated.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city's police have been under sharp criticism since the November release of another video showing a Chicago police officer shooting to death Laquan McDonald, 17, in October 2014.

Protesters have been calling for the resignations of Emanuel and State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who blocked release of the McDonald shooting video for a year.

Lawyers for Chatman's mother, who has sued the city over the shooting, say the videos contradict statements by police that Chatman, a carjacking suspect, had pointed a dark object at them. The lawsuit said Chatman posed no threat to officers.

Andy Hale, an attorney for Chicago police officers Kevin Fry and Lou Toth, said the videos will back up their version of the story.

Also on Thursday, the Cook County Medical Examiner's office was due to release autopsy reports in the police shooting on Dec. 26 of black college student Quintonio LeGrier, 19, and his neighbor Bettie Jones, 55, a grandmother of 10. Police said Jones was shot by accident.

Emanuel fired his police chief in December and is in the process of trying to find a new superintendent for the 12,000-strong force, which has a long history of complaints of misconduct and abuse.

The Department of Justice is investigating the department's use of lethal force. More than 400 people have been shot by the police in the past eight years, about 75 percent of them black.

Black pastors and community leaders said they would boycott Emanuel's annual Martin Luther King prayer breakfast on Friday in protest over the city's handling of police shootings and misconduct complaints.

(Reporting by Fiona Ortiz; Editing by Bill Trott)