Chicago PD dealing with protests

posted by Joel Riley - 

 Officer body-cam video ordered released yesterday (July 15th) by Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson showed that a 37-year-old man killed by police had a holstered gun at his hip and was shot multiple times as he ran away, spun around, and reached toward his waist. Johnson said he ordered the video released so quickly after the shooting a day earlier because of rumors that Harith Augustus had been unarmed, and because he wants to prevent more confrontations between residents and police. Protests that took place after the shooting on Saturday turned violent at times, with some people throwing rocks and bottles at police and officers taking protesters to the ground and hitting them with their batons. Johnson said yesterday, "The community needs some answers and they need them now. We can’t have another night like last night." The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a protest and march held after the video was relesed yesterday was calmer, and included a moment of silence. It's not clear why the officers approach Augustus, but a patrol chief had said earlier that officers patrolling the area had tried to question him about  a "bulge" around his waistband that they thought might indicate he was carrying a weapon.

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