Recently-released video shows an unarmed, African-American teen running away from two police officers, after stealing a car in Chicago, then being fatally shot by one of the officers.
Officer Kevin Fry shot 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman January 7, 2013, and, until now, city officials had reportedly opposed the release of the video for three years.
The video shows Chatman jumping out of the stolen car, and running, as Fry’s partner, Officer Lou Toth chases him. Fry then draws his handgun, and shoots Chatman as he is running.
According to Fry, he feared for his partner’s life, and believed Chatman made a slight turn toward him with an object in his hand, which he thought was a gun.
Investigators ultimately discovered the object had been a black iPhone box.
Release of the video follows recent controversy in the city regarding the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.
Linda Chatman, Chatman’s mother, filed a wrongful death suit against both officers, and urged the videos’ public release as part of that case.
According to reports, the family’s attorney’s said Linda Chatman was “happy”with the judge’s decision to release the video, and wanted the public to “see what happened to Cedrick Chatman that day.”