Judge Will Not Release Cedrick Chatman Footage
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On Wednesday, a federal judge announced that the videos displaying the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman would not be released to the public.
City attorneys argued the case should not be tried in the media.
The decision comes after the graphic footage of the Laquan McDonald fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer was released, causing the city to unite in protest and carry out various civil demonstrations.
“When Judge Brown made her ruling, she was worried about the jury pool being tainted and the citizens of Chicago being traumatized by this,” attorney Brian Coffman told the Chicago Tribune. “Unfortunately, now seeing the McDonald video, that concern doesn’t exist anymore.”
Coffman continued stating that there needs to be “transparency” with what’s happening in Chicago and the “shoot first” mentality police officers are leading with.
Chatman was killed when officers stopped the car he was driving after responding to the report of a carjacking in Chicago’s South Shore neighborhood. Police reports state that he then ran south on Jeffery Boulevard with one officer trailing behind him. At some point during the pursuit, according to Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), the teen “pointed a dark object back toward the officers as he continued to run.”
That “dark object” turned out to be a black iPhone box.
Four shots were fired from Officer Kevin Fry’s gun, hitting Chatman once in the right side of his body and right forearm. He later died of his injuries, and Fry has yet to be disciplined for his actions.
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