Video of Ronald Johnson Shooting Released
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A Chicago police officer will face no charges in the shooting death of a 25-year-old Black man who died in 2014.
On Monday, officials released video footage of Officer George Hernandez fatally shooting Ronald Johnson in Oct. 2014. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, said her office won’t press criminal charges “because the crime cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Police say they were answering a report of shots fired on the city’s South Side when they came upon Johnson on Oct. 12, 2014. They say he ran when they approached him, and pointed a gun in the direction of officers.
But lawyers representing Johnson’s family say he was running away from the officers and never pointed a gun at anyone before being shot.
An autopsy revealed that Johnson was hit by two bullets–one that entered the back of his shoulder, then severed his jugular vein. The other struck the back of his leg.
The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.
Read more at New York Times.