CHICAGO (CBS) — The family attorney for Paul O’Neal said, said video of the moments leading up to the fatal police shooting of the teen was “one of the most horrific things that I have seen.”
“We just came from watching Chicago police officers execute Paul O’Neal,” attorney Michael Oppenheimer said. “We just watched the family watch the execution of their loving son.”
“It is one of the most horrific things that I have seen, aside from being in a movie. These police officers decided to play judge, jury and executioner,” he said. “It is amazing to me. It is horrific, it is tragic, that these officers did what they did, and took their street justice in their own hands; the things that they are trying to prevent, or supposed to prevent.”
O’Neal’s sister said she wants to know why her brother had to die.
“We just want answers, the truth, that’s it,” Briana Adams during a news conference at Oppenheimer’s office.
Adams said she will remember her younger brother as someone who was always smiling and always joking, was “best friend” to all he knew, had graduated high school, was ready to begin trade school and hoped to work for ComEd.
“Paul had goals,” she said.
“He was loved by my mother, his family — me,” she told reporters.
Activist Ja’Mal Green, acting as a family spokesman, said the video was “shocking” and difficult to watch.
“I’m out of words for what we’ve seen today on video,” he said. “This is amazing to me how these officers come in our neighborhoods and treat us like savages like this. The way Paul was treated was ridiculous.”
O’Neal, 18, was shot and killed by Chicago police last week, after allegedly ramming two squad cars while fleeing police in a stolen Jaguar near 73rd and Merrill.
“If he did steal that car, that is for the courts to decide, but instead the police officers decided to be the judge and execute him,” Green said.
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Oppenheimer called for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the shooting.
“What I saw was a cold-blooded murder. It was a cold-blooded killing. You don’t even shoot, and you shouldn’t shoot dogs that are running away,” he said. “There is no question in my mind that criminal acts were committed.”
He also noted the videos don’t show the shot that killed O’Neal, and accused police officers of intentionally turning off body cameras to cover up what happened.