CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago police officers shot a man who allegedly pointed a gun at them early Wednesday in the Englewood neighborhood, although some residents said police shot an unarmed man during a memorial for a friend who died in a crash three years ago.
Tensions were running high in the 5600 block of South Morgan Street, after a 23-year-old man was shot by police around 1:40 a.m. Bystanders said the man was holding nothing more than a cup, and that he was no threat to police.READ MORE: Bears Head Coach Matt Nagy Confirms Justin Fields Has Cracked Ribs, Denies Latest Round Of Rumors
Chanting “no justice, no peace,” and frequently yelling at police, witnesses claimed it was an incident of police bullying, but the Chicago Police Department told a much different story.
Police said a crowd turned unruly as residents gathered to remember Mark Anthony Durham, a friend who died in a car crash three years ago.
Deputy Chief Carlos Velez said two officers on patrol in their squad car saw a man separating himself from the crowd, and reaching toward his waistband. Officers told him to stop as he was running way, but he turned and pointed a gun at them, and the officers shot him.
The man was taken to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition stabilized.
Residents said there was nothing unruly about what they were doing, and the man was only holding a cup, but police said a gun was recovered at the scene.
“We can get together and have a peaceful gathering without the police have to jump out and shoot the man, a cup in his hand. Now, all of a sudden, it turned into a gun,” Levondale Glass said. “They shot the man, because he was running with a cup in his hand. Now y’all wanna lock him up, and say he had a gun. Ain’t no justice in that. And then they wonder why everybody clam up.”