CHICAGO (CBS) — Community activists called on the city to release dashcam and body camera videos from a deadly police shooting last week, but police said a recording of the actual shooting is not available.
Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said the actual shooting was not recorded, although all officers on the scene were wearing body cameras.
“There’s a lot of video footage of it, but the actual encounter, that part is not captured on video footage,” Johnson said.
Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the body camera of the officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Paul O’Neal was not working when he opened fire. Guglielmi said the department is investigating why the camera was not recording.
The confrontation between police and O’Neal happened about 7:30 p.m. Thursday near 74th and Merrill. Police said O’Neal was spotted driving a stolen Jaguar, and struck a responding squad car and a parked vehicle.
Two officers shot at the Jaguar as it continued heading north on Merrill, and O’Neal then hit another squad car, and bailed out, and a third officer shot him.
Guglielmi said the body cameras of the two officers who fired into the vehicle were working, but the body camera of the officer who fired the fatal shot was not working. The officers received the body cameras just days before the shooting.
Three officers involved in the incident have been stripped of their powers, after Johnson said he had questions about the shooting after reviewing that video this weekend.
“I am left with more questions than answers,” Johnson said Sunday. “Departmental policies may have been violated during this incident.”