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Black man killed by Chicago police died of multiple gunshots, autopsy shows

Protests, clashes after Chicago man is killed by police Chicago police: Man killed by police appeared to be armed
Jeannette Daniel | 16 July, 2018, 10:44

The video shows four officers approaching Augustus outside a store.

"As officers tried to contain the crowd, some of them dragged people to the ground or struck them with batons".

"The footage pauses and zooms in on the weapon". As Augustus breaks away and runs into the street, he appears to be struggling to withdraw something from his waistband.

A Chicago Police Department spokesman tweeted video from a body-worn camera of an officer involved in the shooting.

He said Mr Augustus's family was in favour of releasing the video for the same reason.

It will take lots of it to sort out what led to a Chicago police officer fatally shooting Harith Augustus, a South Shore resident, on Saturday afternoon. "We're not trying to fluff anything", Johnson said Sunday.

Johnson says the gun was a semiautomatic handgun but that he's not sure what caliber.

Augustus died of multiple gunshots wounds, medical examiners said.

The protests began soon after the shooting. The body cam video that was released does not have audio as there is a 30-second delay when the officer turns the device on. 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.

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The Chicago protests over Augustus' death turned violent on Saturday as police officers hit protestors with batons and shoved journalists covering the outcry. An officer points to Augustus' waist and he backs away.

Johnson said the officer who shot Augustus has been on the force for about two years.

"They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him", he told AP.

"The shooting happened around 5:30 p.m.at 2098 E. 71st St., and it took police about five hours to bring things under control". Police accounts differ slightly by the media report, but officers say they encountered the man on foot, confronted him, and when he became combative and reached for a weapon in his trousers they opened fire, per CNN.

No police officers were injured, Guglielmi said. He says the gun and the magazines have been sent for testing. This is the latest event to expose the mistrust between police and local residents in black communities in Chicago.

Four protesters were arrested in the clash, and some police officers suffered minor injuries from thrown rocks and bottles, some of which were filled with urine.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was killed after a search for him ended with him barricading himself inside of a home, according to authorities.

"Productive citizen, he's not a thug, he's not a gang member, it's shocking", activist William Calloway said.

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