Chicago Police involved Shooting

Van Dyke, GUILTY

(Sun Times Wire) When Jason Van Dyke climbed onto the witness stand Tuesday to explain why he killed Laquan McDonald, he needed to win over the dozen men and women chosen to decide his fate in a historic verdict. Three days later, that jury of eight women and four men found Van Dyke guilty of…

Van Dyke Testifies, Closing Arguments Thursday

(Sun Times Wire) After the prosecution called one rebuttal witness to the stand, it rested its case in rebuttal, and the defense called no more witnesses. Jurors will hear closing arguments on Thursday. This morning, lawyers from both sides will discuss the critical instructions that will be read to the jury before they begin to…

Van Dykes’s Defense Uses Computer Animation re-creating the Shooting of Laquan McDonald

(Tribune) Officer Jason Van Dyke’s legal team continued presenting its case for a second day in his murder trial Tuesday, including a much-anticipated computer animation re-creating the shooting of Laquan McDonald from the embattled police officer’s perspective. Here are five takeaways from the sixth overall day of testimony. Jurors on Tuesday watched the much-anticipated defense…

Jason Van Dyke Murder Trial Starts Monday

(Sun Times Wire) On a chilly night in October 2014, a call went to 911 from a man on Chicago’s South Side, reporting a car break-in and setting in motion a chain of events that would find the alleged perpetrator, Laquan McDonald, laying dead in the middle of South Pulaski Road. The echoes of the…

Maurice Granton CPD Shooting Video, Still Leaves Questions

On May 7th 2018, A 24 year old man was shot by a Chicago cop in the at 47th Street in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood, 24-year-old Maurice Granton Jr., had been on CPD’s radar. He was spotted on a police POD camera, a cop approached Granton on a narcotics investigation, he got up and ran as he hopped the first fence the officer chasing him injured his foot and fell to the ground moments later one gunshot can be heard – then three gunshots in a row. It’s not clear who fired the shots.

The cop that shot Granton appears to be shooting him as he was trying to scale a fence, no confrontation can be seen when he was shot, but we do not know what transpired before he was shot, CPD claims the cop fired 3 shots, and Granton fired the other shot.

Police also shared a picture of the gun that was recovered from the scene CPD Claims this was the gun Granton was carrying that night.

CPD did release the video but did not release the results from ballistics tests and lab reports on the gun Granton allegedly fired. This is a great example why the public gets pissed, release it all, because if CPD Doesn’t, the public starts to think a cover up is in the making.

People say just because they run doesn’t give cops the right to shot them, I agree, unless, they are running and or pointing or firing a gun in the process, but the other side of the argument is they can’t shoot these guys if they Don’t Run, so why run and take the chance of being shot by a cop.

Take the 18-month hit instead 18 months in the cube on a gun or drug charge is better than being put in a box underground for eternity. What decision would you make? My Dad always told me don’t fight cops or run from them in the streets, if you do you will lose, he said you want to beat the cops, then beat them in a court of Law, you can’t lose your life that way.

What bothers me most about this video is no aid was given to this man after he was shot laying on the ground for at least 4 minutes, one officer walks over and looks down and does nothing to help him. Why???

There is more to this shooting than meets the eye, I guess we have no choice but to wait for the bureaucracy to release the remaining facts, one day.

V Maggio

COPA Video: Austin Police Involved Shooting from May 2018

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released video of a Chicago police shooting Wednesday night.

This shooting took place in the Austin Neighborhood in the 15th District cops were alerted to shots fired detected by ShotSpotter technology in the 5200-block of West Ohio Street shortly before 3 a.m. on May 26 2018.

Most of these police involved shootings start the exact same way, suspects refuse to comply with the first police command of STOP and as usual the command falls on deaf ears and the suspect flees and then what follows next is the suspect ends up being shot while running from police with a gun as in this case. Should police allow the suspect to get away to possibly harm someone or should they stop the suspect by shooting him?

V Maggio

CPD Body Cam Video of Fatal Shooting of Local Barber in South Shore

(Fox) Chicago Police released body cam video Sunday from a fatal shooting in the South Shore neighborhood.

On Saturday around 5:30 p.m., police said they saw Harith Augustus, 37, “exhibiting characteristics of an armed person” on East 71st Street that there was a “confrontation” when they tried to question him.

Augustus lived in the South Shore neighborhood, less than a mile from where he was killed.

The video shows several officers surrounding Augustus and asking him questions. His shirt is lifted, revealing at least one gun. He tries to take off.

“We find no documentation supporting him being [a] concealed carry [permit holder],” Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.

No officers were hurt, and a weapon was recovered at the scene along with several magazines of ammunition, according to the police.

“The decision to use lethal force is made in a split second,” Johnson said. “I offer my condolences to the family. I promise CPD will be as open and transparent as possible.”

For hours after the shooting, people remained on the street and yelled at police. Some shouted “murderers” and chanted “no justice, no peace.” Some officers were hurt by rocks and bottles.

Four protesters were taken into custody, but only one was going to be charged, police said.

The Civilian Office of Police Accountability is investigating the incident.

“I understand and empathize with the community’s concerns and want to assure the public that we are committed to conducting a fair, thorough, impartial and objective investigation. We need those with relevant information to contact our office to reach a conclusion based upon all the facts of case,” said COPA Chief Administrator Sydney Roberts.

COPA would like witnesses to contact them at (312) 746-3609 or

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Man Shot, Killed by Chicago Police in South Shore

(Tribune) A man has died after police shot him Saturday evening in the South Shore neighborhood, according to the Chicago Fire Department. Paramedics responded to the 7100 block of South Chappel Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. and took the victim, an adult male, to Jackson Park Hospital, where he will be pronounced dead, said Larry…