The Independent Police Review Authority released police videos showing the shooting of Paul O’Neal.
The incident occurred on July 28 at 74th Street and Merrill Avenue in the city’s South Shore neighborhood and resulted in the death of O’Neal.
In a statement, IPRA Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley called the video of the shooting “shocking.”
“As with every investigation, where we believe information can be released to the public without jeopardizing the investigation, we do so, even if it is before the 60-day timeline outlined in the City’s transparency policy. We have made that determination here, so we are releasing this information that we understand is of utmost public interest,” Fairley said in a statement.
“Please bear in mind that this video material, as shocking and disturbing as it is, is not the only evidence to be gathered and analyzed when conducting a fair and thorough assessment of the conduct of police officers in performing their duties,” Fairley said in a statement. “To that end, IPRA is conducting a full and thorough investigation of the entire incident including the use of force, the pursuit, body camera usage and all other possible policy and procedural violations that occurred during the incident.
“As the investigation continues we will release more evidence on our case portal once we’ve had an opportunity to determine whether or not the release of evidence will impede the investigation that I believe will take several weeks to conclude.”
Below are four videos released by IPRA of the incident, along with descriptions provided by the agency of when the incident can be seen in the following videos.
Log #1081642 – Bodycam Video #1
Incident occurs at approximately 1 minute and 12 seconds into this video. Warning: the following video contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Log# 1081642 – Bodycam Video #2
Incident occurs at approximately 1 minute and 13 seconds into this video. Warning: the following video contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Log# 1081642 – In car camera #1
Incident occurs at approximately 4 minutes into this video. Warning: the following video contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.
Log#1081642 – In car camera #5
Incident occurs at approximately 9 minutes and 30 seconds into this video. Warning: the following video contains graphic images. Viewer discretion is advised.
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