Chicago Residents Protest, Confront Police Hours After Fatal Shooting


About 150 protesters took to the streets Saturday night on the South Side of Chicago after police officers fatally shot an African-American man following a confrontation. National protests against police brutality and Black Lives Matter turned its attention toward the city in 2015 after graphic footage of a police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was released.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson called the shooting a tragedy and said in a statement that it's a blessing Augustus didn't bring the girl with him Saturday, as he's known to do. Police say four people were arrested and some officers suffered minor injuries from being pelted with rocks and bottles, including some filled with urine.

Police found a handgun and two magazines of bullets at the shooting site and sent them for testing, Guglielmi said.

The man became combative, pushed the officers' arms away and flailed his arms, trying to escape, Waller said.

By afternoon, the Chicago Police Department made a decision to release body camera footage showing the confrontation between Augustus and the cops.

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Waller told AP that the man didn't have a concealed carry permit.

A crowd of about 150 people shouted "murderers", threw objects and jumped on police cars during the confrontation in Chicago's South Side area. Additional protests are slated for 5 p.m. on Sunday near Jeffrey Plaza.

The agency will release the video to the public within 60 days, unless ordered not to by a court, said agency spokesman Ephraim Eaddy.

Chicago has a troubled history of police shootings.

Though police have yet to release the victim's name, activist organization Black Youth Project 100 identified him on Twitter as local barber Harith "Snoop" Augustus. One of the protesters also disputed Waller's account, saying that "whoever shot this man was dead wrong" and that "they shot an unarmed black man again".

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The officers who shot Amorosi are on administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

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

Guglielmi says a weapon was recovered at the scene but did not say where or whether it was on the man.

Randale Truitt, 31, of the 200 block of East 70th Street, is charged with attempted first-degree murder.

The incident is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, an independent city agency. Marchers were out again on Sunday, though no arrests were reported.

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The man, who was in his 30s, died after being shot in the back at least five times by a female officer, according to a Chicago Sun-Times report.