Chicago, IL — Chicago police released a snippet of video of a fatal police shooting less than a day after it sparked violent clashes between officers and protesters on the South Side.
The footage, taken from an officer’s body worn camera, appears to show Harith Augustus, 37, a barber, break away from officers and attempt to pull a gun from a holster on his waist. He was shot dead in the street by police.
The video, however, runs less than a minute and does not include sound, so it is unclear what exchanges occurred between Augustus and officers in the seconds before the shooting.
Chief police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said a probationary officer with less than two years on the job fatally shot Augustus in the 2000 block of East 71st Street near the barber shop where he worked. The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police contract prohibits police from identifying the officer’s name.
Court records show that Augustus had three minor arrests from more than a decade ago and that all three charges were eventually dropped by Cook County prosecutors.
By 6 p.m. Sunday, at least 200 people, many of them demonstrators, gathered at the Jeffery Plaza, decrying the shooting in spite of the release of the video by police. Activist William Calloway and the relatives of several men fatally shot by police before spoke out against police and Mayor Rahm Emanuel before the group marched.
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