Chicago police fired 96 shots after gunfire broke out at a fatal traffic stop

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Newly released bodycam footage reveals the chaotic moments before and after 26-year-old Dexter Reed was fatally shot during a traffic stop by Chicago police.
Police bodycam footage has played an increasing role in raising awareness and understanding about officer-involved shootings in recent years.
Such evidence has been used to help convict some officers of crimes, while other officers have avoided criminal charges after the release of bodycam footage.
“Upon stopping Mr. Reed, multiple officers surrounded his vehicle while giving verbal commands.
When Mr. Reed did not comply with these commands, officers pointed their firearms at Mr. Reed and ultimately there was an exchange of gunfire which left Mr. Reed dead and an officer shot in the forearm.
Review of video footage and initial reports appears to confirm that Mr. Reed fired first, striking the officer and four officers returned fire,” the office said.
It was not immediately clear from CNN’s review of bodycam footage who fired first.
Mr. Reed was struck by gunfire multiple times and was transported to the hospital and later pronounced deceased.


Chicago police fatally shot 26-year-old Dexter Reed during a traffic stop; the chaotic moments before and after are captured on recently released bodycam footage.

The fatal incident occurred on March 21 in the city’s Garfield Park neighborhood. An officer approaches the driver of a white car with dark tinted windows in one of the videos. “Open the car window.”. She motions to the driver to roll down the window. He continues to roll up the window, though.

The officer says, “What are you doing?”. “Avoid rolling the window up. Never roll up the window.

While drawing her weapon, the officer tugs on the driver’s locked door handle. As another officer yells the same commands, she cries, “Unlock the doors now! Unlock the doors now!”.

It appears that the driver says, “All right, I’m trying.”. However, gunfire breaks out shortly after as the officer gets out of the car.

Then there are dozens of gunshots fired quickly after one another. Later, Reed’s body is discovered face down behind the car.

The video was made available by Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

In recent years, there has been a growing body of evidence regarding officer-involved shootings, thanks in part to police bodycam footage.

With the release of bodycam footage, some officers have been found not guilty of crimes thanks to this evidence, while other officers have escaped prosecution.

According to a statement released by the accountability office on Tuesday, “COPA’s administrative investigation of the officers’ use of deadly force began immediately following the shooting and remains ongoing.”.

Based on preliminary reports, this incident started when Dexter Reed, Jr. was stopped by five Chicago Police officers who were part of a tactical unit assigned to the 11th District. for allegedly failing to buckle up,” COPA stated.

“Multiple officers surrounded Mr. Reed’s car after stopping him and issuing verbal orders. Officers aimed their guns at Mr. Reed when he disobeyed them, and in the end, there was a gunfight that resulted in Mr. Reed’s death and an officer’s forearm being shot. According to the office, an examination of the video footage and preliminary reports seems to verify that Mr. Reed fired first, hitting the officer, and four other officers returned fire.

After CNN viewed the bodycam footage, it was not immediately evident who fired first.

Officers opened fire on Mr. Reed about 96 times in a span of 41 seconds, according to the preliminary evidence that is currently available. This shooting occurred after Mr. Reed got out of his car and hit the ground. Mr. Reed was hit by gunfire several times, taken to the hospital, and subsequently declared dead. On the front passenger seat of Mr. Reed’s car, a gun was found. “.

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx stated on Tuesday that it is unclear if any of the cops engaged in the shooting will be charged with a crime.

“Our task will be to ascertain whether the use of force in this case exceeded the legally permissible limits based on the entirety of the evidence,” Foxx stated.

“Our Law Enforcement Accountability Division, also known as LEAD, will carefully review the entire situation to assess if the officers’ use of force was justified or if there is reason to file criminal charges. “.

We will be updating this story as it develops.

Cheri Mossburg and Jack Hannah of CNN both contributed to this story.

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