Bodycam footage shows Chicago police shot Black man as he ran
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Bodycam footage shows Chicago police shot Black man as he ran

Bodycam footage of Maurice Granton Jr.'s fatal police shooting has been released.

Bodycam footage of Chicago police fatally shooting a Black man last month shows the man was running away from police at the time he was shot and that police failed to render aid for several minutes afterward.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the video depicting 24-year-old Maurice Granton Jr.’s shooting was one of several that Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) released on Wednesday. Granton was fatally shot on June 6 (COPA’s policy requires recordings of shootings to be released publicly after 60 days) while officers were “on a narcotics mission.” Officials say Granton pulled a gun on officers attempting to stop him from running, with one officer shooting him in the back during the encounter. He was pronounced dead at the University of Chicago Medicine trauma center. Police say Granton was armed and that they recovered a gun from the scene that allegedly belonged to Granton.

In the video taken from the bodycam of the officer who shot Granton, he’s seen attempting to scale a metal fence. The Sun-Times then says the officer shoots at Granton while he’s hanging onto the fence, and Granton falls onto the ground, with nothing seen in his hands in the video.

Granton is then on the ground and “bleeding for several minutes,” officers in the area but not giving him aid. In minutes, onlookers begin yelling at the police. An officer then tells other police to guard a pistol in the lot “several yards away” from Granton. The graphic videos have been shared in full by ABC7 Chicago.

An attorney representing Granton’s family said the video showed an “unjustifiable, unconstitutional execution of Maurice Granton,” and said some of the family were so devastated by the video that they had to leave the room.

A second video, taken from an officer who didn’t shoot Granton, shows Granton jumping over a fence as the cop runs after him. Four gunshots are then heard, first one, then a series of three. Audio cannot be heard at the beginning of the video footage that captured Granton’s shooting. The officer who shot Granton said Granton fired at him first, according to documents, and was assigned to administrative duty for 30 days.

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Granton’s family has said that the gun photographed by police isn’t Granton’s and that he didn’t own one, according to ABC7 Chicago.

“Maurice Granton is running away and, without cause or provocation, the officer shoots multiple times, killing him,” Andrew M. Stroth told the Sun-Times.

Across Twitter, viewers of the footage have criticized police for the fatal shooting, citing that Granton was running away at the time of the shooting, and therefore not a threat to police. Viewers also took issue with the pace that police took to render Granton aid.

Family said that Granton, the father to two daughters, “turned his life around” for his children.

“They claim there was an armed confrontation that day. Well, tell us what that confrontation was so this family can have some peace,” Antonio Romanucci, another attorney representing the Grantons, told the news station.

H/T Daily Mail

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