A video shows Chicago police shooting at a car during a fatal traffic stop

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Graphic bodycam footage released Tuesday revealed the chaos that unfolded when plainclothes Chicago cops fired nearly 100 gunshots during a traffic stop last month, killing one young man and leaving another injured.
The chaotic footage shows Reed rolling down the window of his SUV and then raising it before refusing to exit his vehicle as five officers scream commands and draw their weapons.
Preliminary evidence showed Reed had fired first at one officer during the shootout on West Ferdinand Street.
The videos released show multiple perspectives, including from the officer who was shot, but there isn’t clear footage of Reed shooting at police.
“He started shooting at us,” another officer says as more officers and an ambulance arrive.
Reed’s grieving family members have questioned authorities’ recounting of the shooting, according to their attorney Andrew M. Stroth.
Mayor Brandon Johnson said the release of the footage and 911 calls was part of an effort to be more transparent.
State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said her office would determine whether the officers’ use of force was warranted or necessitated criminal charges.


The mayhem that occurred when Chicago police officers in plain clothes opened fire on a car during a traffic stop last month, killing one young man and injuring another, was captured on graphic bodycam footage that was made public on Tuesday.

Dexter Reed, 26, was pulled over by police in an unmarked police car on March 21 in Humboldt Park for allegedly not wearing a seatbelt. Reed was subsequently killed during the traffic stop.

In the tumultuous video, five officers can be heard yelling orders and pulling out their weapons as Reed rolls down and then raises the window of his SUV and refuses to get out.

According to preliminary evidence, Reed opened fire on one officer during the West Ferdinand Street shootout first. In a statement, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability stated that four additional officers returned fire.

According to COPA, “available preliminary evidence also confirms that officers returned fire approximately 96 times over a period of 41 seconds, including after Mr. Reed got out of his car and fell to the ground.”.

While there is clear footage of Reed shooting at police, the released videos feature a variety of viewpoints, including that of the wounded officer.

Later on, something was found on the passenger seat of his car: a gun.

One man who was reporting the shooting to 911 said that the cops were “shooting like they’re having a Vietnam War” as the gunfire broke out. “.

Shots of Reed getting out of the car and landing close to the rear passenger wheel show that his car is full of bullet holes.

The officers handcuff Reed, who is face down and motionless, his head almost under the back of his car. “Don’t f—ing move! Don’t f—ing move!” they yell at him.

An officer says, “I’m not sure where the gun is.”.

Another officer reports, “He started shooting at us,” as more police cars and an ambulance pull up.

According to their attorney Andrew M. Stroth, Reed’s bereaved family members have expressed doubts about the authorities’ account of the shooting.

“It’s difficult for me to describe the suffering my family and I are going through, but I just hope that there are people who realize he was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a loved one,” Porscha Banks, Reed’s sister, said to reporters. He was an extremely significant person. “.

Reed was a gifted basketball player who aspired to be a sports broadcaster, according to his family, who want an inquiry into the shooting conducted. Their lawyer claimed that because the plainclothes officers did not identify themselves as law enforcement, the shooting was unconstitutional.

Reed died from “multiple” gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner, who ruled his death a homicide.

Thomas Ahern, a police spokesperson, stated that the department was assisting with the inquiry.

According to Mayor Brandon Johnson, the video and 911 calls were made public as part of an effort to be more open.

According to State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, her office will decide if the officers’ use of force was justified or required filing of criminal charges.

using post wires.

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