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Chicago police release video of officers firing at fleeing car

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On Friday, the Chicago police department released a video from July 28th of officers firing on a stolen car being driven by 18-year-old Paul O'Neal,  who  later died from gun shots in his back. The videos released also show the officers handcuffing the wounded O'Neal.

In the videos, O'Neal can be seen driving the stolen Jaguar into a police SUV, then running off as police pursued him on foot through the neighborhood. 


In total, the police released nine videos, none of which show the suspected thief getting shot in the back-- for an unknown reason the police's body camera was not on.

Chicago police release video of officers firing at fleeing car

Around the 4:10 mark in this video you can see O'Neal crash the Jaguar into the police SUV and then hear gun shots.

Chicago officers are not allowed to fire at a car if it is the only threat to them.

In one video an officer ask another, "They shot at us too, right?"

In another, an officer can be heard explaining why he fired his weapon saying, "He almost hit my partner. I (expletive) shot at him."

There was no gun found at the scene.

After the uproar surrounding the delayed release of a video showing Laquan McDonald being shot by police, the city implemented a new policy to release footage of police shooting within 60 days. This is the first video to be released under the new policy.


The family's attorney Michael Oppenheimer said "there is no question in my mind that criminal acts were committed."  O'Neal's family watched the video Friday morning, but were so distraught they did not speak to the media. The family is suing the police. 

The three officers who fired their weapons were stripped of their police power immediately after the shooting. 

The head of the Independent Police Review Authority called the footage, "shocking and disturbing." 

The president of the Chicago Police Union slammed the release of the footage as unfair.

"These guys live in the neighborhoods... their photos will be all over the internet," he said. "It doesn't mean they did anything wrong, but someone may see it and perceive the officers should not have taken the actions they did."

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