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Body camera video of a Chicago police officer shooting a 13-year-old boy appears to show the boy throwing his hands up in the air moments before he was fatally shot, according to the boy’s family’s attorney.
The event took place on May 18 on the West Side of the city of Chicago.
The video footage is from the camera of an officer who ran after the teen believed to be a passenger in a stolen vehicle. The images that can be seen are of another official involved in the persecution.
“Let’s be clear,” said the boy’s family’s attorney, Andrew Stroth. “What the video shows is an unarmed black boy, running from the police, raising his hands, obeying what he heard from the officers, and without reason or provocation he is shot.”
Officers chased the boy to a gas station near the West Chicago Marathon, and one of the officers fired three shots, according to body camera audio.
The scenes seen in the images show several of the officers reacting to the shooting. You go to the floor and say, “Jesus, f*ck Christ, man.” Then he approaches the minor and asks: “Someone shot”, then he notices the wounded young man and says: “Is he wounded? Damn, he gets an ambulance.”
The officer was identified as Noah Ball. WLS-TV reported that his attorney, Timothy Grace, released a statement saying the officer believed the minor was armed, but it turned out to be a cell phone and he made the decision to shoot him.
“Police officers are required to make split-second decisions and the law not only understands that, but allows it,” Grace said. “Rather, we should judge the actions of law enforcement officers from the perspective of a reasonable officer.”
Ball’s body camera was not on at the time of the shooting, and it did not activate until about 40 seconds after the shooting ended.
Likewise, the Civil Office of Police Responsibility continues with the investigations and has not issued any information in this regard. The official has been restricted from office work.
The teen’s family filed a federal lawsuit against the city. The court document identifies the child only with the initials AG.