Race & Identity
Protests Erupt After Chicago Police Shoot, Kills Local Black Man Believed To Be A Barber
Officers violently clashed with bystanders and protesters.
After the fatal shooting of a man believed to be a local barber, Chicago residents took to the streets in a series of protests demanding answers.
On July 14, around 6:30 p.m., three to four officers encountered a man in the South Shore neighborhood that they claimed exhibited characteristics of an armed person. They approached him, a confrontation ensued and a police offer shot him according to ABC 7 Chicago.
"Some officers working a foot post, walking along 71st Street, saw a subject they thought might have been armed from the bulge around his waistband," Chicago Police Chief Fred Waller said at a press conference Saturday night.
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The victim was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital, according to officials, and has identity has yet to be confirmed. Heavy reports the victim is a man by the name of Harith Augustus, also known as “Snoop.”
Here's the rest of the escalation, including multiple Chicago Police officers on top of one man, hitting him, and then dragging another man. This is also the start of where I get shoved to the ground. That video is coming next. pic.twitter.com/AJ7t85nEHP— Nader Issa (@NaderDIssa) July 15, 2018
Journalists on the ground reported a number of instances where unnecessary violence took place. At one point, police K-9s were used to confront the demonstrators.
Police in Chicago killed a barber. Then rushed the killer off the scene. Then charged protesters. Then tried to set dogs on them. All the while brutalizing journalists documenting the event. Tell me where policing isn't broken. pic.twitter.com/9P9btHqMJU— Kim Tran (@but_im_kim_tran) July 15, 2018
A crowd of protesters sparred with a group of #Chicago police officers Saturday evening near the street where an officer fatally shot a man during a confrontation in South Shore. (WARNING: Sensitive language)— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) July 15, 2018
READ THE STORY: https://t.co/flwZR2qr4Z pic.twitter.com/1Zyucs76T9
ABC News reports police found a semiautomatic-type weapon and magazines on the victim. The officer responsible for the shooting will be placed on desk duty as an internal investigation is underway.
The victim's name is Harith Augustus (aka, Snoop).
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