Civilian Office of Police Accountability Releases Video of Chicago Copper Shooting

Civilian Office of Police Accountability Releases Video of Chicago Copper Shooting

Civil Police Accountability Office

Civil Police Accountability Office

Surveillance video was released Tuesday showing the horrific act in which two Chicago police officers fatally shot an unarmed man in the street in July — and left him sprawled on the street for minutes as cars drove by.

The video, released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), was cited Friday as direct evidence used to convict Chicago police officers Christopher Liakopoulos and Ruben Reynoso in the shooting — a rare occurrence in a city with a long history of police violence. .

Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said the video directly contradicted the officers’ statements after the shooting, when they claimed they had fired first.

“We cannot ignore or stand for unprovoked acts of violence, even at the hands of those sworn to serve and protect our communities,” Foxx said last week.

The police officers, Liakopoulos and Reynoso, were charged with three counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm, and official misconduct – that is, the officers lied about being fired in the first place.

Both posted bail on Friday, which was set at $25,000 each. Judge Maryam Ahmad also ordered the two policemen to turn in their weapons.

Two Chicago Cops Caught in Lying Down Shooting

Reynoso’s lawyer, Brian Sexton, did not immediately respond to requests for comment but at a bond hearing Friday, he objected to the release of the video, which he claimed would be incomplete. The judge denied his request to block his release.

That sentiment was echoed by Sergeant Liakopoulis’ lawyer, Tim Grace, who called it an “unfair process that includes the impartiality and bias of COPA” in a text message to the Daily Beast on Tuesday afternoon, footage released.

The surveillance video shows the two cops slowly backing up in an unmarked police vehicle toward a small group of young Chicagoans gathered on the street in July.

23-year-old Miguel Medina and an unnamed teenager begin to approach the vehicle.

The state’s attorney claims that in the video the young man wore a crossed satchel across his body with a firearm in it. Medina was unarmed and held a mobile phone and a bottle of wine in one hand, while the other was empty. As Medina and the juvenile approached the vehicle, the juvenile held onto the firearm.

Before reaching the car, the teenager turns towards the camera, pushing away from the cop car and down the street.

Suddenly, Medina is stopped in his tracks by gunshots and crumples in the street.

The two officers then start shooting at the armed minor, who is off camera. Someone chases the child down the street.

“COPA is in possession of additional video, not part of today’s release, that captures a juvenile discharging firearms at officers after officers discharged their weapons as he fled the scene ,” COPA spokeswoman Jennifer Rottner said in a Tuesday press release.

Although the surveillance video does not have sound, other videos released by COPA today also have sound from the shots.

As Medina lay in the street, cars continued to drive through the scene and Medina lay on the ground for a minute before officers tried to help the man.

The new video has been released by the independent police watchdog organization which is conducting its own investigation into the shooting. Medina, who is still recovering from her injuries, has also filed a civil suit.

“There is a video of the young man standing in … the middle of the street shooting at the police,” Liakopoulis’ attorney, Tim Grace, said via text message Tuesday. “Transparency means we release the whole video, not just ½ the episode.”

The two cops had previously filed numerous misconduct complaints but none were substantiated, according to CBS affiliate Chicago.

On Friday, Medina told the Chicago Sun Times that the city needed to do a better job of hiring officers.

“It drives me crazy,” he told the paper. “I understand there are good cops out there, but there are also bad cops out there.”

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