City officials in Chicago released body camera footage on Wednesday showing a police officer fatally shooting Anthony Alvarez, 22, after an early-morning foot chase on the city’s Northwest Side in March, reports the New York Times. The killing of Alvarez was the second police shooting in a month to prompt an outcry from the public and renew calls for an overhaul to the Chicago Police Department. Video from the body cameras and from residential security cameras appear to show that Alvarez was holding a cellphone in his left hand and a gun in his right hand. After he was shot in the back, he dropped the gun, which fell several feet in front of him.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot warned on Wednesday that the release of the videos would prompt a “range of emotions” in Chicago, and called for calm. A review of Alvarez’s death is underway by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, an independent city agency that investigates police shootings in Chicago and released the video footage on Wednesday. In a statement on Wednesday, the Alvarez family asked why the police were chasing Alvarez and what crime he had committed, if any, that led an officer to fatally shoot him. Speaking to reporters this week before the footage was released to the public, Todd Pugh, a lawyer for the Alvarez family, said the videos raised serious questions about the shooting. “I know what I saw,” Pugh said. “And I saw a Chicago police officer shoot their son as he ran away from them.”