A man was fatally shot by Chicago police, sparking an angry and violent protest where demonstrators threw rocks and bottles at cops and jumped on squad cars.
At least four protesters have been arrested after a crowd of 150 people revolted against the killing of the man on Saturday evening.
The shooting took place around 5:30pm in the South Shore neighborhood when officers saw a man that appeared to have a gun. They stopped him to question him, but he resisted, resulting in a cop opening fire.
Chicago cops shot a man dead on the city’s South Shore neighborhood Saturday evening sparking a violent protest of 150 demonstrators, the clash pictured above
Cops brought out their batons as demonstrators threw rocks and bottles filled with urine at officers and jumped on squad cars
The clash quickly became violent and last for five hours following the police shooting
Police reportedly opened fire after a man who ‘exhibited characteristics of an armed person’ appeared to reach for his gun, sparking the furious protest on Chicago’s South Side
A witness said three to four cops stopped to talk to the man in his mid-thirties after seeing he was wearing a holster and asked for his concealed carry permit. When the man reached for it, an officer shot him, according to ABC7.
Another witness said he was shot at least five times.
The man was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital.
Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller said officers stopped to talk to the man ‘exhibiting characteristics of an armed person’ in the South Shore neighborhood before the dispute took place. Waller said the man appeared to reach for his gun.
When asked if the man fired a weapon, Waller said: ‘not that I know of’.
‘He looked like he may have something on him. They go to question him, and at that point a confrontation ensues and he is shot,’ chief Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
He added the victim sustained several gunshot wounds.
A gun and two ammunition magazines were also recovered at the scene.
Cellphone footage shows the body of the male victim in his thirties slumped on the ground
His death sparked a protest of a 150 people who yelled ‘No justice, no peace’ and ‘Murderers’
Protesters threw rocks and jumped on squad cars following the shooting Saturday evening
Officers arrived on to the scene after the protest broke up and back up was needed
The victim’s co-worker Antione Howell, 42, said he and the victim worked at a nearby barber shop together.
‘He cut my hair and got killed 10 minutes later. I’m hurt… I gotta go on with my life, but I loved that man,’ he said to the Chicago Tribune.
After gunshots rang out crowds gathered at the scene where they got into confrontations with police.
The crowds chanted ‘No justice, no peace’ and ‘Murderers’ and after hours of tension became ‘combative’ with officers.
Rocks were thrown as well as bottles filled with urine, as police brought out their batons and became physical with the crowds.
‘There were glass bottles thrown…plastic water bottles. Bottles filled with urine were thrown at officers,’ spokesman Guglielmi said.
‘Four officers were injured from rocks and thrown bottles. Four demonstrators were arrested,’ he added.
Several protesters jumped on top of two squad cars as they yelled in protest.
Chaos: Video recorded by Sun Times reporter Nader Issa shows swarms of officers pinning protesters to the ground
Officers and protesters run about wildly in this mall parking lot following the shooting
Police arrested at least four protesters following the violent clashes of the night
Several police officers were slightly injured in the scuffles with the public and several squad cars were damaged as well.
One video shows a protester thrown to the ground surrounded by police holding batons.
Chicago Sun Times reporter Nader Issa shared video of the moment he tried to film the chaotic swarms of officers running to quell the demonstrators, and his phone was smacked out of his hand and he was pushed to the ground by an officer.
Despite the arrests protesters continued to mill around the South Shore neighborhood until the protest was finally brought under control five hours later around 10:30pm.
Guglielimi said the crowds swelled due to ‘inaccurate information’.
‘There was some inaccurate information that the individual was unarmed. We have cops out there, community affairs officers, trying to give them as much information as we can … There were some members of the community who were upset. This is a tragic situation where an individual lost his life,’ he said.
He said that the initial encounter between the officers and victim was captured by body cam footage and police surveillance.
Waller said that the shooting took place in the neighborhood where residents asked for more foot patrol.
The fatality marks the third time in two weeks that a Chicago cop has shot someone.