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Video Shows Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shooting Unarmed Autistic Man
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=22014"><span class="small">Associated Press</span></a>   
Thursday, 18 October 2018 08:29

Excerpt: "Video footage released on Tuesday by a civil rights group shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation."

 Chicago police. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty)
Chicago police. (photo: Scott Olson/Getty)

Video Shows Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shooting Unarmed Autistic Man

By Associated Press

18 October 18

Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes in 2017 incident initially described as an armed confrontation

ideo footage released on Tuesday by a civil rights group shows an off-duty Chicago police officer shooting an unarmed, autistic man during an incident initially described as an armed confrontation.

Sgt Khalil Muhammad shot then-18-year-old Ricardo Hayes as he walked on the city’s South Side. Hayes had wandered away from his home around 5am on 13 August 2017, according to a lawsuit over the shooting filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). His caretaker called police, informing them he was autistic.

The grainy home security video released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) shows Hayes running along a sidewalk before stopping. Muhammad then stops the SUV he’s driving and gets out. Hayes takes a few steps toward the vehicle before Muhammad shoots him in the arm and chest.

The video shows Hayes running off despite his wounds. Now 19, he has recovered from his injuries.

“As a black teenager with disabilities, Ricky was at a heightened risk for police violence,” said Karen Sheley of the ACLU of Illinois said in a statement. “Thankfully, he survived – but he should never have been shot.”

At the time, police officials described the incident as an armed confrontation.

“The video shows both that there was no justification for the officer to shoot him and that initial stories told by CPD officials about the shooting – that the ‘encounter escalated’ – were false,” Sheley said.

The sergeant’s call to 911 was among the audio files released.

“The guy, like, he was about to pull a gun. Walked up to the car, and I had to shoot,” Muhammad told a Chicago Fire Department dispatcher. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson later said Hayes had no weapon.

The initial assertion of a confrontation mirrors statements by police after the 2014 fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Jason Van Dyke was convicted earlier this month of second-degree murder and aggravated battery in the slaying. Despite video to the contrary, Van Dyke and other officers on the scene claimed McDonald was acting aggressively before the shooting.

In a statement, COPA said its delay in releasing the Hayes video and related material was due to concerns about the legality of releasing of information related to wards of the state.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Tuesday that Muhammad is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the COPA investigation.

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+12 # elizabethblock 2018-10-18 09:19
I wonder how often this happened in the days before ubiquitous videos, with no public knowledge whatsoever.
0 # tedrey 2018-10-18 14:19
+3 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-10-18 11:22
We eagerly await Attempted Murder charges against Muhammad…uhhh….
0 # wilhelmscream 2018-10-18 19:08
Chicago Pig likely 2b back 2 work soon, cleared of any wrong doing. 2 EVERY PERSON OF COLOR: WEAR A BULLETPROOF VEST HIDDEN SO TRIGGER HAPPY OINKS DON’T GET AWAY WITH MURDER; SAME WITH SYG! DON’T BE A MURDER VICTEM via SYG OR PIGS! F*ck the police!! NWA 4ever!!
0 # PCPrincess 2018-10-18 21:03
Obviously, the officer lied his ass off. %95 or more of serving officers will lie if confronted about a police shooting. The entire structure of our police forces needs to be changed to ensure this kind of 'murder' is reduced.

I am NOT afraid to also say that: police officers around the country will be MORE likely to shoot first and fake and lie after because of the fact that we allow everyone in this country to own deadly weapons.

Human beings are FALLIBLE. If you don't see a problem with allowing human beings to carry, conceal and own deadly weapons, and the subsequent reaction this causes with police, then you ARE A PART OF THIS PROBLEM and deserve some of the blame for the senseless deaths that occur.

I'm NO fan of the police GANGS that exist in the good OLE USA. But, if you can't see why they'd want to carry, then U are CRAZY.
0 # tedrey 2018-10-20 07:40
True, but there's more to it than that. Police shoot coloreds at a much higher rate than they do whites, although coloreds don't carry deadly weapons any more than whites.