Protests in Chicago after police fatally shoot man

CHICAGO (CNN) — Protesters chanted and threw rocks at Chicago police Saturday night after an officer shot and killed a man in the city’s South Side hours earlier, authorities said.

At least four people were arrested and several officers were injured, police said.

The incident started as several police officers were patrolling the city’s South Side on foot. They spotted a man “who they thought might be armed” and approached him, Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller told reporters.

The man became combative and pushed officers’ arms away before reaching for a weapon on his waist band, Waller said.

At some point during the confrontation, the unidentified man was shot, police said. He was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police recovered a weapon at the scene but the man did not fire his gun at officers, Waller said.
Residents had asked for more police presence in the area where the shooting took place, Waller added. Hours after the shooting, dozens of people gathered to protest the man’s death.

Protesters arrested

At least four people have been arrested and several officers were injured with rocks and bottles, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted. It’s unclear what their charges are.

Protesters were seen approaching and shouting at the police officer cordon.

“Who do you protect? Who do you serve?” they shouted at officers as the protest continued into the night.

In a statement, the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability said it’s committed to a thorough, objective and unbiased investigation of the shooting. It asked for the public’s patience and cooperation.

The officers involved will be placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days, authorities said.

Chicago residents have taken to the streets to protest police-involved shootings before. In 2015, protesters blocked Interstate 94 after police released a graphic dash-cam video showing an officer shooting Laquan McDonald, 17.

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13 comments

  • Dolly Dots

    Just comply with the police. Armed and became combative. Did he deserve to be shot, well no. But actions have consequences. This is a riot not a protest. Throwing rocks at police.

    • Michael

      How do you feel that you have enough information to state he didn’t deserve to be shot?

      Early reports say he was reaching for his gun. That’s enough to place a reasonable person in fear for their life. (That’s the standard for deadly force)

      Only time will tell if it’s a justified shooting or not. He may have “deserved” it.

      • Dolly Dots

        What part of actions have consequences do you not understand? So in your opinion he deserved to be shot and killed. Every situation police should shoot to kill? Police are trained for these situation. I support the police but death should not be the outcome. When he became combative he should have been tased. Other reports stated this situation went on for a few minutes, don’t you think it should have been handled better? So you don’t think the suspect should have been taken down, tased, or detained before it got to that point?

          • Dolly Dots

            You are welcome P. From a registered independent that voted for Johnson. Ever wonder why people hate some trump supporters? Wonder why the left does nasty things to the right and vise versa? Look no further then yourself!

        • Ry

          As soon as he reaches for his gun, he’s showing intent to use deadly force. You don’t wait until they’ve shot you to shoot back. If you were the officer in that situation, you’d be dead.

          • Dolly Dots

            Earlier reports from the Chicago Tribune states the suspect was shot multiple times in the back. The police confirmed it and stated they found a firearm on the suspect still in his waist band. Police said they “thought”he had a firearm. He did. So is it acceptable in my opinion to state he was trying to possibly flee? Explain to me how this suspect was shot in the back? He clearly was not facing the officers.

          • Michael

            Dolly –

            Police never shoot to kill- they are trained to shoot to stop the threat. Death can be an outcome but that isn’t the goal.

            The second a gun becomes involved a Taser is the wrong weapon to use. While a Taser is a great tool it does not and cannot be substituted for a firearm in a deadly force situation.

            Yes I agree the SUSPECT should have handled the situation better.

      • Jaden

        @Michael Obviously the police did shoot to kill in this case. I only agree with dolly on the fact multiple shots to the suspects back. You said it in your statement police are trained to neutralized the threat. So how many shots in your opinion are justifiable? Dolly, you, and myself do not know all of the facts in this case. I will wait til I have all the facts before I state whether the suspect deserved to die. Simple Rules To Live By. Follow all laws. Keep your hands to yourself. Stop making assumptions and speculations without knowing all the facts.

        • Michael

          My only issue is with Dolly stating he didn’t deserve to be shot. Nobody knows enough to know that yet. I never once said it was a justified shooting but I also didn’t say it wasn’t.

          Police don’t shoot to kill. Period. Even if they emptied their magazines the intent isn’t to kill its to stop the threat. How many shots is justifiable is a matter of how quickly the suspect stopped resisting. How many shots can a suspect have in him and still pull the trigger of a gun? Hint- there’s no magic number!

          Whether he’s shot in the front or back it doesn’t really matter. A suspect with a gun is just as much a threat to the community and officers regardless of direction he’s facing.

          • Michael

            Well I just watched the video- looks justified to me.

            I don’t care if he was shot in the back. He was clearly attempting to draw the weapon while fighting with the police. There’s only one reason to draw a weapon while fighting with the police and that’s to use it.

  • Sillyoldme

    Hundreds of murders in Chicago this year. It’s quite ironic that nobody is protesting that tragedy, but jump all over law enforcement. What in fact is the ratio of those murdered and those doing the killing on a racial basis percentage?
    Maybe Barack can give us that information while in his hometown. Ticktock……….

  • Aaron Krenz

    These people protesting are so damn stupid. They guy LITERALLY went for his weapon. Whether he fired it or not is secondary, if you go for a weapon in front of the police, you are going to be shot 99% of the time. This is just more proof that there is no way you can please the black community. They beg for more police because of criminals, the criminals have weapons and threaten the cops and get shot, now they are whining about the cops. Just pull out of those neighborhoods and let them deal with their own criminals alone. Not worth the headaches.