Chicago Police Sued for Teen’s Death
The family of an 18-year-old Chicago man killed in a police-involved shooting has filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit, CBS reports.
The wrongful-death lawsuit, filed Monday, alleges that three police officers effectively “executed” Paul O’Neal when they curbed an allegedly stolen vehicle last Thursday on the city’s South Side.
Attorney Michael Oppenheimer made the announcement at a news conference at the shooting site. He said the teen ran from the vehicle after police officers fired into it and was struck in the back of the head by gunfire.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said he was shot in the back. The office has classified O’Neal’s death as a homicide.
“These police officers decided, for whatever reason, they were going to play judge jury and executioner,” Oppenheimer said.
Oppenheimer said it’s unclear if there is body-cam video footage of the fatal shooting, despite the department arming the officers with new equipment.
The officers involved in the shooting incident have since been stripped of their police powers.
A spokesperson for the police department said two officers’ body cameras were working, but the body camera of the officer who fired the fatal shot was not.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said department policy was not followed, but has not elaborated. Check back for updates.