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Family of man, 25, killed by Chicago police wants shooting video released

Yeah, another one that happened 8 days before the murder of Laquan McDonald.
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Family of man, 25, killed by Chicago police wants shooting video released




Lawyers for the family of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson, who was killed by police in October 2014, are pushing for dash-cam video of the shooting to be released.

Updated 1 hr 51 mins ago

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Lawyers for the family of a 25-year-old African American man killed by police in October 2014 are pushing for dash-cam video of the shooting to be released.

Ronald Johnson was shot during a chase near East 53rd Street and South Martin Luther King Drive on the city's Washington Park neighborhood, eight days before 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by police.

The family's attorneys said the city is holding video that shows their client was running away from officers when he was killed. The attorneys also claim eyewitnesses said Johnson was unarmed.

Johnson's mother and the family's lawyers are scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday morning to outline what they say was an effort by police to plant evidence on Johnson after the officer shot him.

[Chicago CBSLocal]
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Mother Of Man Shot And Killed By Police Sues Officers

October 30, 2014 6:22 AM

CHICAGO (STMW) — The mother of a man shot and killed by Chicago Police earlier this month is suing, claiming the officers’ actions that led up to her son’s death were “objectively unreasonable.”

Dorothy Holmes filed the lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court on behalf of her son, Ronald Johnson. About 12:35 a.m. on Oct. 12, the 25-year-old Johnson was shot by Chicago Police in the 5400 block of South King Drive. He was pronounced dead less than an hour later at the University of Chicago Medical Center, authorities said.

No specific officers were named as defendants, only “Unknown John Doe Officers.”

Holmes alleges that the “actions of the Defendant Officers were intentional, willful and wanton and/or committer with reckless indifference and disregard for [Johnson’s] rights,” the suit stated.

His mother alleges that police shot Holmes “without lawful justification or excuse,” the suit stated.

Following the shootings, police said tactical officers responded to a call of shots fired in the 5300 block of South King Drive.

A man with a gun ran east toward Washington Park when the officers tried to stop him, according to police and Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden.

As the officers chased him, the man allegedly pointed a gun in their direction and one of the officers opened fire, striking him multiple times, authorities said.

An autopsy found that Johnson died of multiple gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates all police shootings, had not published any findings on the shooting as of Wednesday afternoon.

A spokesman for the city’s Law Department said they have not seen the lawsuit yet and could not comment on it.

The five-count suit alleges excessive force, battery, wrongful death and survival action. It seeks an undisclosed amount in damages.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2014. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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Re: Family of man, 25, killed by Chicago police wants shooting video released

Video of Chicago cop opening fire on a car full of unarmed black teens is 'disturbing on a whole new level'

Christina Sterbenz | Jun. 19, 2015, 11:19 AM

A video of a Chicago police officer appearing to open fire into a carload of unarmed teenagers troubled a former judge so greatly that he handed the video over to the media.

“I’ve seen lots of gruesome, grisly crimes,” retired Cook County Judge Andrew Berman told Jonah Newman of the Chicago Reporter. Berman, who was a judge in a criminal case against one of the teens, added, “But this is disturbing on a whole different level.”

The December 2013 video, embedded below, shows Chicago police officer Marco Proano allegedly shooting more than a dozen rounds at the moving vehicle full of six minors, according to civil complaint filed against the city of Chicago and several officers. The Reporter identified them as black.

None of them had a weapon or acted aggressively toward the officers, according to the complaint.



Proano hit one passenger in the shoulder and another in both hips, according to the complaint.

Prior to the incident, two other Chicago officers had stopped the car near 95th and LaSalle Street in Chicago's notoriously violent South Side. Moments later, one of the passengers took off running. Proano, who had just arrived at the scene, exited his patrol car and approached the car with his gun drawn sideways, according to the civil complaint filed on behalf of the teens. When the car started to move in reverse, Proano allegedly began shooting.

The video is the crux of a federal lawsuit filed against Chicago and the three police officers on the teenagers' behalf. Pending approval from the City Council, it could end with a $360,000 payout for the victims.

While Proano didn't immediately respond to a request for comment from the Reporter, in a federal filing he admitted he was the officer who opened fire on the vehicle in question.

We reached out to a lawyer for Proano and will update this post if we hear back.

Proano has been assigned to desk duty but remains otherwise undisciplined and on the force, the Reporter reported. In the past four years, he has been cleared of six complaints against him, one of which included excessive force, according to the Reporter.

“He [Proano] shouldn’t be allowed to be out there with a gun,” Berman told the Reporter. “He has shown callous disregard for human life ... You don't start firing into a car full of unarmed people. You just don't do that."

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Re: Family of man, 25, killed by Chicago police wants shooting video released

Alvarez decides no charges in Ronald Johnson shooting, says video shows gun


Photo gallery: Ronald Johnson, 25, was shot to death by a police officer responding to a call of shots fired near the 5300 block of South Martin Luther King Drive in the Washington Park neighborhood on Oct. 12, 2014.

By Chicago Tribune staff Contact Reporter


December 7, 2015, 11:55 AM

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that no criminal charges will be brought against a Chicago police officer in the fatal shooting of Ronald Johnson III because a dash-cam video of the shooting shows Johnson wielding a gun.

The announcement came less than a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would drop its fight against release of the video showing an officer shooting Johnson in the back on the South Side.

For more than a year, lawyers for Johnson's family have battled city lawyers over the release of the video of the October 2014 shooting, which bore striking similarities to the killing of McDonald by a different police officer eight days later.

Police have said Officer George Hernandez opened fire only after Johnson pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. Just as it had in McDonald's shooting, the city argued in court filings that releasing the video would inflame the public and jeopardize the officer's right to a fair trial if he was charged later, court records show.

But last Thursday, after a week of mounting pressure for transparency following the release of the video showing McDonald's shooting, Emanuel told reporters he would drop his opposition to making the Johnson video public.

"Yeah, we will do that next week," Emanuel said when asked about the video at an unrelated news conference.

It was unclear when or how the city planned to make the video public. A Cook County judge is set to hear arguments this Thursday in a lawsuit the family filed seeking the video's release under the state's open records laws.

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer, who represents Johnson's mother, Dorothy Holmes, was asked last week if the video would shock the public as deeply as the footage of McDonald being shot 16 times.

"This is not a Hollywood production. It's not whether one movie is better than Batman Part II," he said. "This is the brutal execution of two young African-American men who did not deserve to be shot."

The details about Johnson's killing have emerged amid continued fallout over the handling of the McDonald case. After the dash-cam video of McDonald's killing by Officer Jason Van Dyke was made public Nov. 24, protests have captured national attention and put increasing political pressure on Emanuel to make wholesale changes to the Police Department.

On the night he was killed, Johnson, 25, was in a car with friends when the vehicle's back window was shot out by an unidentified gunman. Chicago police have said that Johnson, a known gang member, resisted arrest when officers responded to the call of shots fired and then ran.

During the chase, Hernandez, at the time a tactical officer in the Wentworth Police District, pulled up in an unmarked squad car and jumped out with his gun drawn, Oppenheimer said. The video, which Oppenheimer said he has seen many times, shows that within two seconds of getting out of his car, Hernandez fired five times at Johnson as he was still running away, striking him in the back of the knee and again in the back of the shoulder.

Autopsy results obtained by the Tribune show the fatal shot traveled through Johnson's shoulder, severed his jugular vein and exited his eye socket.

Oppenheimer said the squad car from which the scene was recorded began to move shortly after Johnson collapsed in the parkway, so the officers' actions in the immediate aftermath were not captured. Police reported that night they found a pistol in Johnson's right hand — a gun that Oppenheimer described as "old and rusty" and completely absent from the video footage.

"There was nothing in his hand, not a gun, a cellphone, a bottle of water — nothing," he said.

The video was first turned over as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Johnson's mother a few weeks after the shooting. With that case pending, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang granted a request by the city for a protective order barring the release of the footage and other sensitive information, records show.

In a separate lawsuit, Holmes' attorneys have asked a Cook County judge to order the video released under the state's Freedom of Information Act. Oppenheimer said he hoped that the recent ruling by Chancery Judge Franklin Valderrama ordering the release of the McDonald video — also over the city's objections — would weigh in his favor.

[Chicago Tribune]


The news conference is still ongoing, with State's Attorney Alvarez explaining what's not seen in the vid, purely based on CPD accounts. A few points she made: Dash cams are recording only when the blue lights are on and unmarked vehicles do not have dash cams.

Video shows Ronald Johnson Chicago police shooting

Preceded by State's Attorney Anita Alvarez telling us what we won't see in the video footage.



Note: Again, 39 seconds of a 1:33 video taken up by State's Attorney Anita Alvarez telling us what we won't see in the footage and to not mind the time on the clock.


HD: Full Dashcam video of Ronald Johnson shooting by Chicago Police (CNN)




Note: The full 1:29 video.


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Alvarez decides no charges in Ronald Johnson shooting, says video shows gun


Photo gallery: Ronald Johnson, 25, was shot to death by a police officer responding to a call of shots fired near the 5300 block of South Martin Luther King Drive in the Washington Park neighborhood on Oct. 12, 2014.

By Chicago Tribune staff Contact Reporter


December 7, 2015, 11:55 AM

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that no criminal charges will be brought against a Chicago police officer in the fatal shooting of Ronald Johnson III because a dash-cam video of the shooting shows Johnson wielding a gun.

The announcement came less than a week after Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the city would drop its fight against release of the video showing an officer shooting Johnson in the back on the South Side.

For more than a year, lawyers for Johnson's family have battled city lawyers over the release of the video of the October 2014 shooting, which bore striking similarities to the killing of McDonald by a different police officer eight days later.

Police have said Officer George Hernandez opened fire only after Johnson pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. Just as it had in McDonald's shooting, the city argued in court filings that releasing the video would inflame the public and jeopardize the officer's right to a fair trial if he was charged later, court records show.

But last Thursday, after a week of mounting pressure for transparency following the release of the video showing McDonald's shooting, Emanuel told reporters he would drop his opposition to making the Johnson video public.

"Yeah, we will do that next week," Emanuel said when asked about the video at an unrelated news conference.

It was unclear when or how the city planned to make the video public. A Cook County judge is set to hear arguments this Thursday in a lawsuit the family filed seeking the video's release under the state's open records laws.

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer, who represents Johnson's mother, Dorothy Holmes, was asked last week if the video would shock the public as deeply as the footage of McDonald being shot 16 times.

"This is not a Hollywood production. It's not whether one movie is better than Batman Part II," he said. "This is the brutal execution of two young African-American men who did not deserve to be shot."

The details about Johnson's killing have emerged amid continued fallout over the handling of the McDonald case. After the dash-cam video of McDonald's killing by Officer Jason Van Dyke was made public Nov. 24, protests have captured national attention and put increasing political pressure on Emanuel to make wholesale changes to the Police Department.

On the night he was killed, Johnson, 25, was in a car with friends when the vehicle's back window was shot out by an unidentified gunman. Chicago police have said that Johnson, a known gang member, resisted arrest when officers responded to the call of shots fired and then ran.

During the chase, Hernandez, at the time a tactical officer in the Wentworth Police District, pulled up in an unmarked squad car and jumped out with his gun drawn, Oppenheimer said. The video, which Oppenheimer said he has seen many times, shows that within two seconds of getting out of his car, Hernandez fired five times at Johnson as he was still running away, striking him in the back of the knee and again in the back of the shoulder.

Autopsy results obtained by the Tribune show the fatal shot traveled through Johnson's shoulder, severed his jugular vein and exited his eye socket.

Oppenheimer said the squad car from which the scene was recorded began to move shortly after Johnson collapsed in the parkway, so the officers' actions in the immediate aftermath were not captured. Police reported that night they found a pistol in Johnson's right hand — a gun that Oppenheimer described as "old and rusty" and completely absent from the video footage.

"There was nothing in his hand, not a gun, a cellphone, a bottle of water — nothing," he said.

The video was first turned over as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Johnson's mother a few weeks after the shooting. With that case pending, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang granted a request by the city for a protective order barring the release of the footage and other sensitive information, records show.

In a separate lawsuit, Holmes' attorneys have asked a Cook County judge to order the video released under the state's Freedom of Information Act. Oppenheimer said he hoped that the recent ruling by Chancery Judge Franklin Valderrama ordering the release of the McDonald video — also over the city's objections — would weigh in his favor.

[Chicago Tribune]


The news conference is still ongoing, with State's Attorney Alvarez explaining what's not seen in the vid, purely based on CPD accounts. A few points she made: Dash cams are recording only when the blue lights are on and unmarked vehicles do not have dash cams.

Video shows Ronald Johnson Chicago police shooting

Preceded by State's Attorney Anita Alvarez telling us what we won't see in the video footage.



Note: Again, 39 seconds of a 1:33 video taken up by State's Attorney Anita Alvarez telling us what we won't see in the footage and to not mind the time on the clock.


HD: Full Dashcam video of Ronald Johnson shooting by Chicago Police (CNN)




Note: The full 1:29 video.

I couldn't watch all of them. These cops are worse than Chicago gangs but difference is they won't be prosecuted. As a matter of fact many times they end up getting promoted. How can people continue to support those brutal heartless government paid thugs.

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