Protests, clashes after Chicago man is killed by police

Protests, clashes after Chicago man is killed by police

"We just want to live", an unnamed woman at the Saturday protest told the Sun-Times.

The chief communications officer for the Chicago Police, Anthony Guglielmi, said on his official Twitter account that several officers were injured from rocks and thrown bottles, and four demonstrators were arrested. Just prior, officers on foot patrol noticed a man that they believed was armed.

Police update after police shootingThe incident occurred near 71st Street and Clyde on the South Side, where crowds gathered afterward and, at times, scuffled with police.

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Fred Waller, patrol chief of the Chicago police, told the New York Times and other media, that officers saw a bulge in his pants that they believed to be a gun. Officers approached Augustus, a Black man, and an officer fired the fatal shots, Waller said.

"An armed confrontation ensued resulting in an officer discharging his weapon and fatally striking the offender", the statement said, adding that police recovered a gun and two ammunition magazines at the scene.

Augustus' death is the latest officer-involved shooting that sparked protests in Chicago.

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Harith Augustus , 37, was approached by Chicago police because they believed he may be armed. The officer who shot him, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder and is awaiting trial.


Two undercover officers were shot about 12.15pm at the Sky-Vu Motel, police spokesman Sgt. Jacob Becchina told The Kansas City Star. The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on administrative duties for 30 days. He would not name the officer who shot Augustus.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates shootings involving officers, said it was analysing the video and asking anyone who may have captured footage to share it with the agency. No officers were hurt, police said. Chicago Police Patrol Chief Fred Waller admitted the situation "got a little out of hand" as four people were arrested. The civil rights leader called for video to be released of Saturday's shooting and referenced footage showing a white officer shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014.

The suspect was identified by authorities as Harith Augustus, 37, a barber in the city's South Shore neighborhood who was shot by police early Saturday evening not far from where he worked. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder.

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Augustus did not fire his weapon and the footage does not show him pulling the gun out of its holster, though he does appear to try to grab something at his waist, Guglielmi said. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable for excesses. The reporter was also slammed to the ground by police.

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