Videos Show How Cops Killed an Unarmed Teen

Paul O'Neal was shot in the back after police say he stole a car
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2016 4:19 PM CDT
Videos Show How Cops Killed an Unarmed Teen
In this frame grab from a body cam provided by the Independent Police Review Authority, Chicago police officers fire into a stolen car driven by Paul O'Neal.   (Chicago Police Department/Independent Police Review Authority via AP)

(Newser) – A grieving family is accusing Chicago cops of attempting to cover up the murder of their 18-year-old son after the police department released nine videos Friday showing the final moments of Paul O'Neal's life, the Los Angeles Times reports. O'Neal was driving what police say was a stolen car when officers opened fire on the car in the middle of a neighborhood on July 28. O'Neal got out of the car and ran; an officer chased after him and shot him in the back when he didn't stop. According to WLS, the body camera of the officer who shot O'Neal wasn't functioning. It's unclear why. But the cameras of other officers arriving on the scene were rolling.

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One officer called O'Neal a "bitch-ass motherf---er" as he was bleeding on the ground, Vox reports. Another yelled "Why did you have to shoot at us?" O'Neal didn't have a gun and hadn't shot at officers. None of the officers attempted to give aid to O'Neal. The videos also show officers talking about how the media will react and what will happen to them. "I'm going to be f---ing crucified," says one. Chicago's head of police oversight calls the videos "shocking and disturbing." Three officers have already had their police powers removed, and O'Neal's family is suing. "These police officers decided to play judge, jury, and executioner," the family's lawyer tells the Times. (Read more police shooting stories.)

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