Video of 2013 Chicago police shooting released
CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on the fatal police shootings in Chicago (all times local):
Attorneys for the family of a 17-year-old black carjacking suspect shot dead by a white Chicago police officer have released surveillance video showing the January 2013 killing.
A federal judge on Thursday lifted a protective order that had barred the release after the city dropped its objections.
The officer shot Cedrick Chatman during a foot chase. The officer says he fired after seeing Chatman turn toward officers with a dark object in his hand that he thought was a gun. Investigators later determined it was an iPhone box.
Chatman's mother is suing the city and the two police officers who pursued the teen. Her attorney, Brian Coffman, says the teen never turned toward the officers and posed no threat.
A federal judge has sharply criticized the city of Chicago for fighting the release of a police shooting video for weeks only to suddenly reverse course and call for its release.
U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman told city lawyers during a Thursday hearing he was "very disturbed" by how they dealt with video showing a white police officer fatally shooting a black teenager, Cedrick Chatman, in 2013.
City lawyers filed a motion Wednesday withdrawing the city's opposition to releasing the video on policy grounds.
Gettleman agreed to allow its release but said he "went to a lot of trouble to decide this issue" only for the city to suddenly declare it was going to be transparent.
The release is part of a lawsuit Chatman's family filed against the city.
Chicago-area Democratic leaders have thrown their support behind a challenger to embattled Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez, who has been facing heavy criticism over her office's handling of alleged police misconduct cases.
The Cook County Democratic Party initially decided to stay neutral in the March primary, but decided to revisit the decision about whether to endorse any of the three candidates.
During a meeting Thursday that Alvarez didn't attend, her two challengers for the Democratic nomination made their pleas to party leaders. After less than a half-hour of deliberating in private, the committeemen announced they were backing Kim Foxx, a former chief aide to the county board president.
Alvarez has been facing calls to resign since waiting a year to charge a white Chicago police officer with murder after he shot a black teenager 16 times in 2014.
A federal judge has granted the release of 2013 surveillance video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shoot a 17-year-old black carjacking suspect.
The judge lifted a protective order that barred the release after the city dropped its objections. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration and the police force have come under intense scrutiny in recent months over police shootings and cases of alleged misconduct.
A city Law Department spokesman didn't immediately respond to an email Thursday asking when the video would be released.
The officer shot Cedrick Chatman during a January 2013 foot chase. The officer says he fired after seeing Chatman turn toward officers with a dark object in his hand. Investigators later determined it was an iPhone box.
A Chatman family lawyer says the video will show he never turned and posed no threat.
A judge will decide whether to allow the release of a video showing a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a black car-theft suspect in 2013.
The hearing Thursday comes a day after the city did an about-face and dropped its opposition to making the video public.
It's not clear how soon the city will release the footage of Cedrick Chatman's death if the judge lifts a protective order, as expected.
Chatman was suspected in a car theft when an officer killed the 17-year-old during a foot chase.
Questions about the Chatman video follow the Nov. 24 release of a video showing a white officer fatally shooting black teenager Laquan McDonald 16 times. The city fought its release for more than a year.
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