Videos show Chicago police firing over 100 shots during a traffic stop

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CHICAGO (AP) — Plainclothes Chicago police officers fired nearly 100 gunshots over 41 seconds during a traffic stop that left one man dead and one officer injured, according to graphic video footage a police oversight agency released Tuesday.
Video shows the 26-year-old Black man briefly lowering a window and then raising it and refusing to exit the vehicle as more officers arrived, yelled commands and drew weapons.
The Civilian Office of Police Accountability said preliminary evidence showed Reed fired first, injuring an officer in the Humboldt Park neighborhood on the city’s West Side.
One person was hospitalized after some of the demonstrators clashed with a heckler, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
Stroth called it an unconstitutional police stop with plainclothes officers who did not announce they were police.
But there isn’t clear footage of Reed shooting.
Don’t move!” the officers scream at Reed, lifting up bloody slumping hands in search of a gun but not finding one.
The Cook County medical examiner’s office classified Reed’s death as a homicide and reported that he died of “multiple” gunshot wounds.

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CHICAGO (AP) — During a traffic stop that resulted in one man’s death and one officer’s injuries, plainclothes Chicago police officers fired almost 100 shots in a span of 41 seconds. The video, which was made public on Tuesday, shows some graphic details.

Last month, five tactical unit officers in an unmarked police car surrounded Dexter Reed’s SUV, allegedly for not wearing a seatbelt. The 26-year-old Black man is seen on camera momentarily lowering a window, then raising it, and refusing to get out of the car while additional officers approached, shouted orders, and pulled out guns.

Preliminary evidence, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, indicated that Reed fired first, wounding an officer in the West Side neighborhood of the city known as Humboldt Park. Four cops then opened fire again, firing 96 rounds.

According to COPA, who released the body-worn camera footage, 911 calls, and police reports, the gunshots persisted even after “Reed exited his vehicle and fell to the ground.”.

When the police first released the videos last month, they did not provide a complete picture.

Previously, police superintendent Larry Snelling stated that a traffic stop preceded the shooting on March 21 and referred to it as a “exchange of gunfire.”. “.

In an attempt to find out why Reed was stopped, Reed’s family has questioned the police version of what happened. According to Reed’s family attorney Andrew M. Stroth, Reed’s mother, sister, uncle, and father were all upset when they watched the video on Tuesday. According to him, they recall the young man as a gifted basketball player from high school who wanted to work as a sportscaster.

Reed’s sister, Porscha Banks, told reporters, “I really can’t explain the pain that me and my family are going through, but I just hope there are people out there who understand he was a son, he was a brother, he was an uncle, he had loved ones.”. “He was a highly significant individual. “.

Banks and other family members participated in a protest on Tuesday night outside the 11th District Police Station, calling for the officers who shot Reed to be fired. The Chicago Sun-Times said that one person was taken to the hospital following an altercation between protestors and a heckler.

According to Stroth, the police stop was unconstitutional because the plainclothes officers failed to identify themselves as law enforcement. According to him, the department should better adhere to a court-supervised reform plan, and the family wants a prompt investigation.

He stated, “Efforts should be made to ensure that this doesn’t happen to another family, but nothing will bring Dexter back.”.

The department is assisting with the investigation, according to police spokesperson Thomas Ahern on Tuesday.

“Until all the facts are known and this investigation is complete, we cannot make a determination regarding this shooting,” he stated.

Several viewpoints are depicted in the videos, including that of the shot officer. However, the footage of Reed shooting is not clear. A gun was subsequently found inside the car.

As the tactical unit arrives on the scene, several officers yell obscenities at Reed, telling him to open the door first, then lower the window.

Next, there are gunshots. “Shooting like they’re having a Vietnam War,” was how one man put it when reporting the shooting to 911. “.

After getting out of the car, Reed falls to the ground, leaving only one shoe on and ending up facedown with his head close to the back passenger wheel. A gutter nearby is filled with blood traces. The car is seen with numerous bullet holes in it. Outside the driver’s door is where the other shoe is located.

The officers lift up their bloody, slumping hands in an attempt to find a gun, but they are unable to find one as they yell at Reed, “Don’t move! Don’t move!”. He lies facedown and doesn’t move as they handcuff him.

An officer says, “I have no idea where the gun is.”. They eventually find the weapon on the passenger seat after using a flashlight to peer inside the car.

Another cop says, “He started shooting at us.”.

Later, an ambulance and additional police officers show up on the scene.

One cop keeps saying, “We were all shooting.”.

Declaring that Tuesday’s release was a component of an attempt to be more transparent, Mayor Brandon Johnson promised a thorough investigation.

During a press conference with COPA and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, he declared, “Attempts to withhold or delay information are mistakes of the past.”. As the mayor of Chicago’s West Side and a father raising a family that includes two Black boys, I must say that I am deeply saddened by the news that another young Black man has died in a police encounter. “.

He stated that the city does not support shootings of police officers and mentioned that although the officer—who is also Black—suffered a wrist injury, things could have turned out much worse. Johnson claimed he would have been here “talking about the death of another Black man” if the bullet had missed by a few inches. “.

Amidst the investigations by COPA and the Cook County state’s attorney’s office, the officers were placed on a 30-day administrative leave.

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.

She remarked, “Let me assure you that we will pursue justice with tenacity, following the facts and being firmly rooted in the law and evidence.”.

Reed died from “multiple” gunshot wounds, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, which ruled his death to be a homicide.

In 2016, COPA was established as a result of the city being compelled to disclose dashcam footage of Laquan McDonald, then 17 years old, being shot by then-officer Jason Van Dyke. This footage refuted the officers’ claim that McDonald had lunged at them while brandishing a knife. Among its responsibilities are police shooting investigations.

A consent decree, issued following the U.S. government, has governed the police department since 2019. s. Following the death of McDonald, the Justice Department discovered a lengthy history of racial bias and excessive use of force.

Snelling was tasked last year as the new superintendent with “addressing challenges that have disproportionately delayed progress” by the independent monitoring team that oversees the department’s compliance, which has repeatedly found it to be behind schedule and on target. “.

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Written from Detroit, this report was assisted by Corey Williams of the Associated Press.

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