Protests Erupt In Chicago After Police Shooting

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In a statement, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) said it is committed to a "thorough, objective and unbiased investigation and requests the public's patience and cooperation".

Medical examiners released the cause of death for Harith Augustus, 37, whose shooting on the city's South Side on Saturday evening set off violent protests.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested. McDonald's death led to the ouster of the police chief and a series of reforms created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

Guglielmi said body camera and surveillance footage showed Augustus had what appeared to be a gun.

In the protest, officials said three or four officers suffered minor injuries, and one patrol auto was damaged. He also had magazines of ammunition, Waller said.

Chicago police patrol chief Fred Waller told a news conference that a crowd became combative after the shooting earlier Saturday, throwing bottles and jumping on top of a squad auto. The man began "flailing and swinging" at the officers, Waller said, and as he tried to escape, he appeared to reach for his weapon, which prompted the officer to shoot.

Residents subsequently clashed with police. They tossed rocks, bottles and jumped on police cars as the protest escalated near the crime scene in the 2000 block of 71st Street. When he denied doing it, their argument heightened and an officer opened fire as the man ran away. Four of the protesters have been arrested.

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After nightfall, protesters continued to mill around the neighborhood with police occasionally chasing them away.

It was at least the third time in the last two weeks that a Chicago police officer shot someone.

The Sun-Times reported that officers hit at least one man with a baton, while some protesters punched back and others threw glass bottles at officers. "I haven't seen a police shooting scene this intense since the [Laquan] McDonald video release".

Van Dyke was charged with murder.

The report prompted a series of reforms, including the use of body cameras, created to prevent future police abuses and to hold officers accountable.

Chicago is still reckoning from the police shooting of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager killed in 2014. It asked anyone who may have captured cellphone footage to share it.

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