A 13-year-old boy shot in the back by a Chicago police officer was unarmed and had his arms raised to surrender when he was hit by the bullet, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday, saying the incident illustrates deeply flawed implementation of department policy on the pursuit of suspects.
The bullet severely damaged part of the Black teenager’s spine, possibly rendering him permanently paralyzed by the May 18 shooting, the filing in Chicago’s U.S. District Court says. Police have said previously the boy was in a car suspected of involvement in a carjacking in a nearby suburb the day before and that he jumped out and started running. He hasn’t been charged.
The excessive force lawsuit says the seventh-grader, who had been a passenger, was complying with orders from several officers screaming at him to put his hands up.
The boy, referred to in the lawsuit only by his initials, “was unarmed and did as he was instructed. But the officer still shot him — recklessly, callously, and wantonly — right through his back,” the filing alleges.
And now the video was finally released!
Video footage shows the teen—known only by his initials A.G.—running into a gas station parking lot with his hands up before turning around to his right. He shot right after.
It is then that the boy is shot by an officer and collapses to the cement in front of a gas pump.
After he was shot, the new video shows, two officers carried the teen to a different location by only two legs and a piece of clothing as his arm briefly dragged on the pavement—something Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown had previously claimed was to avoid harm from an explosion at the gas pump following the shooting.
But only moments after they had done so, a responding cop car careened into the gas station and crashed into the station’s sign, briefly drawing the attention of nearly all of the roughly 20 officers away from the teen.
Chicago PD fears that the new footage will spark protests that could easily turn to riots!
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