CHICAGO (CBS) — Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal was a tragic loss of life, but he had little to say about the circumstances of the shooting, or the investigations into the incident.
“I think it’s a horrible thing, and as I said it’s a tragedy,” he said.
The mayor said there are still more questions than answers regarding the shooting, and he is reserving judgment of the officers involved.
“I don’t want to jump to a conclusion until we know some basic fundamental facts,” he said.
The Independent Police Review Authority has released police body camera and dashcam videos of the incident, although those videos do not show the shot that killed O’Neal. Police Department officials have said that officer’s body camera was not working, but said there is no evidence of tampering.
The mayor said that would be part of the investigation, and said he can’t comment much until IPRA completes its probe, and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office decides if there will be criminal charges.
“It’s fair to ask the questions, but until the conclusion of the review by both IPRA and state’s attorney, I don’t want to jump to a conclusion, and I’ll wait to hear from Eddie Johnson, the superintendent,” he said.