Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that she’s not charging Officer George Hernandez in the shooting death of Ronald Johnson III in October 2014.
Lawyers for Johnson’s family charge the police planted the gun at the scene, and say there’s no weapon visible in the video-truthfully, it’s hard to pick much out in the video at all.
Johnson left the vehicle and was spotted by officers, who began to chase him, as his description matched the one of the original shooters. Out of view of the camera, the 25-year-old was shot twice, she said.
“When you have a bunch of police officers now covering up, every case they’ve worked on before that, during that time and since is now suspect”, Milan said. Johnson was a passenger in back seat of the vehicle behind the driver.
Chicago officials have been criticized for the handling of the 2014 fatal shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, with some alleging a cover-up.
Alvarez said officers had good reason to believe Johnson was a danger to them, noting that they retrieved a gun at the scene.
Former IPRA investigator Lorenzo Davis says he was sacked earlier this year for refusing to change his findings that officers were not justified in several cases where they used lethal force.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel prepares to speak to the media, on December 3, in Chicago. They have filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming that Johnson was not armed when killed.
Alvarez said the weapon recovered from Johnson was linked to a 2013 unsolved shooting.
“I don’t see the method by which the way in which Mr. Coleman was physically handled could perhaps be okay”, Mr. Emanuel said in a statement.
The vehicle circled back to the site of the party, and the driver told authorities that he heard Mr. Johnson c*** a gun in the back seat.
Several politicians had called for such an investigation after video of McDonald shooting was released late last month. Oppenheimer then filed a Freedom of Information Act request, arguing that the footage was public record. She has repeatedly said that the video will prove her son was not posing a threat to officers when he was killed.
The video instantaneously sparked outrage and protests for days in Chicago. Political upheaval came quickly on the heels of Chicago’s demonstrations, with Emanuel asking for (and getting) Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy’s resignation.
The federal government has the option of suing a police department that is unwilling to make changes.
Police tactics and racism have been the subject of an intense national debate since protests erupted in Ferguson, Missouri in summer 2014 over the shooting death of another black teen, 18-year-old Michael Brown.
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