Footage Of Teenager Fatally Shot By Police (Video)

| by Sheena Vasani
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Chicago, Illinois, authorities released body camera footage of an unarmed African American teenager being fatally shot by three police officers on July 28 (video below).

Paul O’Neal, 18, was trying to drive off in what police believe was a stolen Jaguar, the New York Daily News reports.

Officers say the boy had hit two of their cars while trying to escape the police.

Eventually, O’Neal runs out of the car and police chase him by foot. Although shots can be heard, the one that led to his death in a backyard is not filmed.

“He shot back right?” says one policeman in the video. Reports later revealed the boy did not have a gun on him.

One can see the same police officer slap another cop’s hand and give him a shoulder hug.

One police officer complains about his possible punishment, saying, “F---ing desk duty for 30 days now. Motherf---er.”

“It is one of the most horrific things I have seen,” said Michael Oppenheimer, a lawyer for the O’Neal family.

Ja'Mal Green, spokesman for the O'Neal family, also says he was disturbed by the police officer’s lack of remorse in the video.

"That was very shocking to me," he said. "It was very hard for me to watch this video, as well."

In Chicago, it is illegal to shoot into vehicles if the car is the only thing presenting any danger.

It is unclear what kind of criminal charges the officers will face at this point, if any.

"There is no question in my mind that criminal acts were committed," said Oppenheimer, the Chicago Tribune reports. "What I saw was pretty cold-blooded."

In the meantime, the three police officers responsible have been stripped of their badges.

“My promise to the people of Chicago is that we will be guided by the facts and should wrongdoing be discovered, individuals will be held accountable for their actions,” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said. “The shooting of Mr. O’Neal has raised a lot of questions about whether departmental policies were followed.”

To some, however, punishing the officers will not be enough.

"This goes down to training on race, this goes down to training on the community," Oppenheimer said. "There's a lot that needs to be done. Some of it has been done. We have a long way to go."

Sources: New York Daily NewsChicago Tribune / Photo credit: Chicago Police via ​YouTube, O'Neal family via WBBM

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