Chicago police clash with angry residents after Harith Augustus fatally shot

Posted July 16, 2018

Chicago police shot and killed a man Saturday night igniting protests in the city, clashes with cops and resulting in the officer being placed on desk duty just hours after the shooting. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable for excesses.

Waller said three or four officers suffered minor injuries in the protests when demonstrators threw rocks and glass bottles at them.

Witness Gloria Rainge told the Chicago Sun-Times that officers instructed the victim not to sell loose cigarettes, which he denied doing. Some witnesses dispute the account, one of whom describes a police officer who "jumped out of her vehicle and had a gun", stopping the man as he was crossing the street.

For hours after the shooting, people remained on the street and yelled at police.

She said Augustus explained that he wasn't, the situation escalated, and he was shot as he was running away.

Eddie Johnson released body camera footage Sunday afternoon that shows a CPD officer fatally shooting an armed man less than a day earlier in the South Shore neighborhood.

A string of police killings of black men, some unarmed, has caused outrage and led to protests in cities across the US. Video showed one protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons. National protests against police brutality and Black Lives Matter turned its attention toward the city in 2015 after graphic footage of a police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released.

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The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder.

The protest came amid long-simmering tensions over frequent instances of police shootings and brutality against African-American residents in both Chicago and across the country.

CNN reports that at least four people were arrested.

"There were some members of the community who were upset, " Guglielmi told the newspaper.

Saturday's shooting and subsequent civil unrest come days after a Chicago police officer was filmed telling two young men, "I kill motherf**kers" and threatening to arrest them for walking in the street.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said in a statement to WLS that there would be a "thorough, objective and unbiased investigation and requests the public's patience and cooperation".

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