2013 Video of Cop Shooting Chicago Teen Finally Public

It shows carjacking suspect Cedrick Chatman shot in street
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2016 7:37 AM CST

Video footage of a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a 17-year-old black teen has just been released—three years after the actual event. As recently as Dec. 23, city attorneys were fighting to keep the Jan. 7, 2013, footage from being made public, but the city on Wednesday reversed course. Released Thursday, three soundless videos—taken from cameras mounted at an intersection, school, and business—show an unmarked police car pull up beside a silver Dodge Charger, which police say Cedrick Chatman had just stolen, per the Chicago Sun-Times. Officers Kevin Fry and Lou Toth jump out with their guns drawn. Chatman runs from the Charger and Fry and Toth take off after him, with Toth in the lead. As Chatman rounds a corner, Fry is seen raising his gun in his direction. Chatman crumples and Toth quickly puts him in handcuffs.

Chatman was hit with two of Fry's four shots, which were fired about 7 seconds after Chatman exited the Charger, reports USA Today. He died later at a hospital. Fry told investigators he opened fire when he saw Chatman turn slightly toward Toth holding a black object, which Fry feared was a gun. It was actually a black iPhone box, reports Fox 32. State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and the Independent Police Review Authority both absolved the officers of wrongdoing, though an IPRA investigator says he was fired for refusing to clear Fry. "They say Chatman turned or made a little movement, but you can't see that on the video and I doubt it happened," he says. "If it did happen, it was still clear Chatman was just trying to get away." The footage will now be included as evidence in a wrongful-death suit filed by Chatman's family. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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