CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s yet another deadly shooting caught on camera.
Stunning new video shows another black teen fatally shot by a police officer. Cedrick Chatman, 17, was unarmed and running away from Chicago officers three years ago when he was shot four times.
A federal judge ordered the release of the video Thursday while criticizing the city for trying to keep it from the public.
Video surveillance from January 7, 2013 shows Chatman, a carjacking suspect, getting out of a car and running away from police, darting between two parked cars and the onto a sidewalk — with one officer close behind him. A few seconds later, a second police officer, Kevin Fry, is seen in the middle of the street with his gun drawn; Chatman runs out of camera view as Fry opens fire.
Officers say Chatman was pointing a dark object in their direction and was shot in self-defense. The object turned out to be a black iPhone box.
The camera pans over and Chatman can be seen lying in the street. A minute later into the video, an officer can be seen with his foot on Chatman’s body.
The police officers have not faced any criminal charges; Chatman’s two accomplices that night, who were 10 blocks away at the time, were charged with the teen’s murder and later pleaded guilty to lesser crimes. The law in Illinois allows for anyone who sets in motion a chain of events that results in the death of another individual to be charged with murder.
The police officers involved kept their jobs but are facing a wrongful death suit from Chatman’s family.
Outrage over police shootings have rumbled through Chicago since the November release of the fatal police shooting video of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Attorney’s for his family accused police of threatening witnesses and falsifying their accounts.