Video Released of Cops Shooting 17-Year-Old Cedrick Chatman

Video Released of Cops Shooting 17-Year-Old Cedrick Chatman

The Chicago Police Department released Friday documents and reports in the deadly police shooting of 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman - one day after the city released surveillance video of the shooting.

On top of that, Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman in December, but police later said shooting the woman was an accident.

On Thursday, an order by a federal judge allowed for the release of another police shooting video in the city of Chicago. The other videos are filmed with a surveillance camera that rotated automatically every few seconds.

That overhead footage shows Chatman bolt across the street from a auto, with Officer Lou Toth right on his heels. Chatman scoots through parked cars and toward an intersection.

Attorneys for Chatman's family believe that the newly released video refutes Fry's account that he "feared for his life", reports ABC News.

As Cedrick runs further away, Fry stops in the street and points his gun in the teens' direction (and towards two bystanders) as Toth comes around a corner. The officers maintain their actions were justified.

Questions about the Chatman video follow the November 24 release of another video that made headlines.

The controversy over the Chatman case erupted just days after video of McDonald being shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke went viral, sparking protests and leading to the forced resignations of both police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and Scott Ando, who headed the Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police shootings.

The city fought teh release of footage of that incident for more than a year, also only making it public only after a court ordered it to do so. Only two months after the Laquan McDonald cover-up, Chicago's Mayor Rahm Emanuel has another police killing come to light after video of the shooting was intentionally concealed. Davis says IPRA administrators asked him to change his findings, which he says he had been asked to do many times before on other cases.

Following scrutiny of how he's handled concerns of the police department's use of lethal force, predominantly on blacks, Emanuel said that a task force would re-examine the policy of keeping police videos and evidence private.

Caption + Mark Smolens, left, and Brian Coffman right, attorneys for the family of Cedrick Chatman who was shot and killed by Chicago police in 2013, speak at a news conference at the federal courthouse Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Chicago.

In ordering the videos' release, U.S. District Court Judge Robert Gettleman indicated Fry might have put his partner's life in danger, saying Toth was running so close to the teen when shots rang out "you might say he was in the line of fire".

"I think it says that there is a culture of coverup, that there is a culture of protecting wrongdoers within the police department", says Richard Boykin, Cook County Commissioner in Chicago. They have fought for the release of the video in the two years since the shooting happened.

"They are still not being transparent and we are still not hearing details of how they are going to change", said Coffman.

The dark object turned out to be an iPhone box and from the grainy video, it's impossible to see whether Chatman, as he ran, makes any move back toward the pursuing officers.

Camden has acknowledged in a recent deposition, however, that his statements to reporters in police-involved shootings are typically based on hearsay information relayed to him by a union representative at the scene, not details coming directly from investigators or the officer who opened fire. He has since filed a lawsuit against the city. His supervisors would overrule his decision, and Davis was subsequently fired from IPRA.

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