Video of fatal police shooting in South Shore released

More than a year after the fatal shots were fired, the city’s police oversight agency released an additional video showing the fatal shooting of Harith Augustus by a Chicago police officer in South Shore.

The video’s existence was first reported by Jamie Kalven for The Intercept. Kalven was the journalist who first reported that CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke had shot Laquan McDonald 16 times.

Hours after Kalven’s report was published, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office vowed to investigate why the video didn’t come to light until more than a year after the shooting, despite an edict that the Civilian Office of Police Accountability release all footage within 60 days of a use-of-force incident involving police.

“While this appears to be a clerical oversight between CPD and COPA investigators, it’s imperative for any investigation that every piece of evidence and information is reviewed in accordance with departmental policies and procedures, and released in accordance with the City’s video release policy,” Guglielmi said in an emailed statement.

On July 14, 2018, Augustus, 37, was walking in the 2000 block of East 71st Street when a veteran officer, Quincy Jones, stopped him because he was “exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.”

Several more officers on foot patrol soon surrounded Augustus. One of the officers, Megan Fleming, grabbed his arm. Augustus pulled away and took a few steps into the street. While doing so, Kalven writes, Augustus’ hand “appeared to touch his holstered gun.” That’s when another officer, Dillan Halley, started shooting, even as another CPD SUV drove through his line of fire. Augustus would be pronounced dead within an hour.

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By: ThisIsButter (36372.10)

Tags: Cops, Gun, Shot, Arrest, Chasing

Location: chicago, il