The Independent Police Review Association (IPRA) has released some of the video of Paul O’Neal death on July 28. O’Neal was shot by Chicago police after he stole a car, led cops on a chase, and hit one of the officers with his car in his attempt to escape.
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Yet the death is fueling the Black Lives Matter fire, primarily because an autopsy found O’Neal was killed by a gunshot to his back.
The video released today shows O’Neal bleeding, face down on the ground after ditching the stolen car and running.
The Chicago Police Department is aware of what this video may do, and how news that O’Neal was shot in the back might incite violent retribution. They held a nation-wide conference call today to warn (presumably everyone in the nation) of the possiblity of “civil unrest.”
The city of Chicago, for its part, is releasing this video now becasue they don’t see any way holding back might influence the investigation. They’re trying hard to restore public confidence in their system of policing and due-process.
“Please bear in mind that this video material, as shocking and disturbing as it is, is not the only evidence to be gathered and analyzed when conducting a fair and thorough assessment of the conduct of police officers in performing their duties,” IPRA’s chief administrator, Sharon Fairley, said Friday.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said three officers had violated department policy in the July 28 shooting. They’ve been stripped of their powers. “If it’s an honest mistake, we’ll get them training, coaching, mentoring and get them back out there. But if it was intentional misconduct, then they have to be held accountable for it,” he told reporters.
The recording released today is from body cameras of cops involved in the first round of shooting, while O’Neal was still driving and running people down with the car. The officer who shot him fatally had a body camera on, but it wasn’t working.
“We don’t believe there was any intentional misconduct with body cameras,” Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.