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No Charges Will Be Filed Against Chicago Police Officers Who Shot Unarmed Paul O’Neal In the Back

On July 28, 2016, Chicago police officers tried to pull over a Jaguar that had been reported stolen.  Body cam video released by the now defunct Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) shows that the Jaguar took off.  Officers fired at the moving vehicle, which subsequently crashed.  Paul O’Neal left the vehicle running.  Officers chased behind him, with officer Jose Diaz shooting Paul in the back, killing him.

Police Supt. Eddie Johnson took the three officers off the street.

“After a thorough review of the evidence, including dashboard and body camera recordings, witness interviews, and physical evidence, the Office of the Cook County State’s Attorney determined that criminal charges against the officers are not appropriate in this case,” the state’s attorney’s office said in a statement on Friday.

“You f—-ing shoot at us?” one officer asks the prone O’Neal as he is handcuffed in the video released by IPRA. Another officer, searching the teen’s backpack, asks: “Have you got anything on you?”

The state’s attorney’s office said that two of the officers “were places in reasonable fear of death or great bodily harm” when O’Neal drove toward them. The third officer who shot “reasonably believed that O’Neal had fired at the police, although in fact those shots were fired by fellow officers.”

What is clear is that Paul O’Neal was killed in a retaliatory act and not because any officer was in fear of their life. Read the rest of this entry

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