Two Officer-Involved Deaths Bring Scrutiny on Chicago Police


Already beset by brutality allegations, Chicago’s police department is facing more tough questions in the wake of two officer-involved deaths in less than a week, reports the Associated Press. On Saturday, a 42-year-old man died after being shot with a police Taser. On Tuesday, police shot and killed an 18-year-old man who they say flashed a gun at them and ran away. The shooting prompted an angry crowd of 100 people to gather near the scene where the medical examiner’s office said Aaron Harrison was killed by a gunshot wound to the back.

The incidents are under investigation, but police have said that it appears officers acted properly in both cases. Referring to the Saturday death of Gefrey Johnson, Acting Police Superintendent Dana Starks said a preliminary investigation indicated the Taser use was justified. But he promised “a thorough, complete investigation.” Locke Bowman, legal director of the MacArthur Justice Center, was furious that police suggested the officers acted properly so early in the investigation. “I just don’t understand the tendency of this department to immediately circle the wagons, engage in blaming the victim and justifying the police actions before the facts are thoroughly investigated,” he said. “It’s crazy.”


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