Crime Bodycam footage shows 22-year-old Chicago man had gun, was running away during fatal police shooting
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CHICAGO – Footage released Wednesday of the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez showed Alvarez running away from police with his back facing the officer who fired multiple times at him.
Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability recommended the officer who shot Alvarez be "relieved of police powers" during the investigation,released along with the footage. The officer involved has been placed on routine administrative duties for 30 days, police said.
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An officer gets out his car, runs through a neighborhood and shouts, "Drop the gun! Drop the gun!" while chasing Alvarez, according to body camera footage. About a second later, five gunshots are heard, and Alvarez is seen on the ground, moaning. Alvarez appears to drop a gun after the shots are fired and he falls to the ground.
Authorities have not released the name of the officer who shot Alvarez, though a report posted by COPA identified the officer as 29-year-old Evan Solano.
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"Why are you shooting me?" Alvarez asked the officer.
"You had a gun," the officer said.
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Alvarez did not follow verbal direction, fled and was armed with a semiautomatic pistol, according to a police report.
When Alvarez groans and shifts slightly, officers order him to say on the ground. One says, "Cuff him. Cuff him."
“No, I’m going to give him aid,” another officer says before police cut open Alvarez's clothes to give him aid.
"Stop, stop, stop moving," one officer says. "I'm trying to help you. Stay with me, dude."
Video shows officers administer first aid and perform chest compressions on Alvarez as blood soaks his pants and the sidewalk under him.
Gesturing at the grass nearby, an officer says “The gun is right there.”
Officers “immediately rendered aid until medical personnel arrived,” and Alvarez was transported to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown said at a news conference following the release of the footage.
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Brown said he reviewed the video several weeks ago. He declined to provide an opinion , as he will decide the officer’s fate after the COPA investigation.
“It’s really important as the final decision-maker that I withhold opinions,” he said.
The family's attorney, Todd Pugh, said the family was left with more questions than answers Tuesday after viewing video of the shooting.
“But I know what I saw,” Pugh said after viewing the video. “And I saw a Chicago police officer shoot their son as he ran away from them.”
A Wednesday statement from COPA said Alvarez was "an individual familiar to the officers" but did not explain how he was known. COPA has not said why officers were chasing Alvarez.
Two weeks ago, eight members of Alvarez's familyin the city's Logan Square neighborhood demanding justice for Alvarez, 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 25-year-old Marc Anthony Nevarez, all fatally shot by Chicago police.
Alvarez was fatally shot by Chicago police just two days after.
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The woman's attorney said she felt "shock" and "disgust" when she heard the officers discussing the arrest later at the booking office.The woman, Karen Garner, a grandmother of nine, who suffers from dementia and sensory aphasia, can be seen sitting in a holding cell as two of the officers present during her arrest watch and comment on bodycam footage filmed during the incident.
Alvarez's cousin Roxana Figueroa, flanked by several children holding pictures, said seeing the videos released in Toledo's case gave her family the strength to demand transparency in their case, too.
"When I saw the video, it gave our family hella strength to show up today," Figueroa said.
Figueroa said the family wants to know why he was being chased and why police gunned him down.
'We cannot wait':
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Following the shootings of Toledo and Alvarez, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, saying such pursuits are one of the most dangerous activities police engage in because they are often separated from their partners and communication becomes difficult. She said there will be focus groups of officers and community members to evaluate best practices.
Brown said the city has drafted a new policy and is in the process of sending it to internal focus groups and making plans for community comment periods.
He said the review was “very timely,” given the high-profile police foot chase shootings in the past month.
Video: Chicago man had gun, back turned when police shot him
CHICAGO (AP) — A 22-year-old Chicago man who was fleeing police had his back turned and appeared to drop a gun when an officer fatally shot him late last month, video released Wednesday shows. Chicago's independent police review board released video and other investigation materials pertaining to the March 31 killing of Anthony Alvarez, a day after letting his family see it. Before the release, Mayor Lori Lightfoot called for calm in a repeat of just two weeks ago, when she did the same before the release of footage showing police kill 13-year-old Adam Toledo.
“Obviously we are proceeding with a sense of urgency,” Brown said, adding, “It really is important for us to get it right.”
Contributing: Associated Press
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