CHICAGO (CBS) — Community activists promised a second day of protests after a Chicago Police offer fatally shot a man in the South Shore neighborhood.
“We’re pissed off; we’re tired,” community activist William Calloway said on Sunday the day after the shooting and standoff with officers. “You’re killing us!”
“Our voice is not gonna be silenced.”
Calloway demanded the police release the video of the shooting immediately.
“We don’t trust what CPD says. Show us. Don’t wait 60 days. Show the community now.”
Following Calloway’s remarks, Chicago police said they plan to do just that.
After the shooting on Saturday evening, tensions rose quickly, CBS 2’s Vi Nguyen reports. Dozens of people showed up, and at some point the officers had to push the crowd back.
The the protests happened near 71st Street and Clyde shortly after Harith Augustus, 37, was shot. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide as the result of multiple gunshot wounds.
An officer on foot patrol saw Augustus, who police said appeared to be armed.
When officers questioned him, police say he became combative and reached for what officers believed to be a weapon. That’s when an officer shot the man.
Friends of the man say he worked as a barber in the neighborhood and had no gang affiliation.
Police say some protesters were throwing rocks, bottles and jumping on police cars.
Four people were arrested and several officers had minor cuts.
The Civilian Officer Of Police Accountability is looking into the shooting and the officers involved will be placed on desk duty.
Police say a gun was recovered at the scene.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Augustus wasn’t a known gang member and had no recent arrest history.
Police found a handgun and two magazines of bullets at the shooting site and sent them for testing, Guglielmi said.
Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings. The city erupted in protest in 2015 after the release of a video showing a white police officer shoot a black 17-year-old, Laquan McDonald 16 times a year earlier. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder. McDonald’s death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms meant to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable
Contributing: Associated Press