Chicago police fatally shoot 2 people in unrelated incidents

Ray Hunter
Декабря 12, 2016

Police are investigating the death of the man - identified by his family as Kajuan Raye, 19 - which comes after months of heavy scrutiny of the Chicago Police Department over cases of alleged overreach in officer-involved shootings. They said when the sergeant arrived at the scene in the West Englewood neighborhood he spotted a man matching the description of the battery suspect and that the man ran away when the sergeant announced who he was. Police chief Eddie Johnson told reporters during a Thursday news conference that a gun had not been recovered from the scene.

Raye, of 1400 block of East 156th Street in suburban Dolton, was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, authorities said. No names were released.

Johnson's statement brings to mind a comment he made when he first took over as superintendent earlier this year-that he had "never witnessed police misconduct".

This response to a police-involved shooting is a marked change for the Chicago Police Department, which until fairly recently allowed the city's main police union to act as an official spokesperson for police-involved shootings.

Police said he will be placed on administrative leave, per routine in officer-involved shootings, for at least 30 days while Raye's death is investigated.

"Currently, CPD detectives and internal affairs investigators are conducting a grid search to locate any physical evidence and the offender's weapon", police said in the statement.

Police had approached Raye at a bus stop, said WGN-TV.

Ahkeya White says she's certain he didn't have a gun. But 38-year-old Karonisha Ramsey says if he did have a gun it "should have been right there" when he was shot.

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Relatives told WLS that despite gang imagery on his Facebook page, their loved one did not own a gun.

Adding: 'As a city we continue to struggle with police who are afraid of and have deep-seeded prejudices against black youth'. The Independent Police Review Authority is handling the investigation.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson was expected to give a statement about the shooting later today. The only known video of the incident shows Raye running but does not capture the shooting.

"They are saying that it was, you know, a battery, but if that's the case, the police officer showed up, it was only one person in the vehicle", she said. They plan to ask the Cook County State's Attorney Office to press charges against the sergeant.

Alderman Raymond Lopez, who represents the 15th Ward, where the shooting occurred, was also at police headquarters.

The report found that 74 percent of the people killed by Chicago police officers in the last eight years have been African American.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Eamnuel ordered an overhaul of the Independent Police Review Authority after footage of McDonald's death was released.

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