During a pursuit in May, a Chicago Police officer shot a teenager in the back while his hands were in the air, according to video.
According to a federal lawsuit filed against the city and the police officer, the 13-year-old, identified as A.G., was unarmed and obeyed police directions.
Officers can be seen chasing the child near the gas pumps at a Chicago gas station before he is shot. The officers then hauled the child to the side of the gas station by his legs and one arm.
“CPD officers did not offer urgent help to A.G., but instead callously dragged him across the street and then shifted their attention to an undamaged officer who smashed into a sign at the gas station while arriving on site,” the boy’s mother, Cierra Corbitt, wrote in the lawsuit.
A dozen officers bolted in the opposite direction, heading for a patrol car that had collided with a sign. Some people jumped out of other automobiles to help their coworkers.
According to CPD officials, the youngster was evacuated to avert another tragedy caused by a potential gasoline pump explosion.
According to his lawyer, A.G. still has a bullet trapped in his back, a spinal cord injury, and wounds to his esophagus. He is currently undergoing rehabilitation and is relearning how to walk.
A.G. used to like playing basketball and riding his mountain bike until he was involved in the foot chase with CPD on May 18.
He was a passenger in a Honda Accord involved in a carjacking the day before the shooting, according to authorities. When he saw the cops, he allegedly leaped out of the car and bolted.
The driver has not been apprehended, and A.G. has not been charged with a crime.
“His wishes are to get healthy, to walk, to play basketball, to ride his bike,” attorney Andrew M. Stroth said.
According to Dennis Kenney, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, body-worn camera footage could help evaluate if the officer was justified in shooting or believed he was in danger of “death or serious bodily damage.”
A.G. turned toward the cops before he was shot, according to Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown, who spoke to the media two days after the killing. Two witnesses told ABC7 that the teen was holding his hands up and complying with directions.
“‘Put your hands up, put your hands up!’ they said. The boy’s hands were raised in the air. There are others who have seen it as well. I was able to record everything on my phone because his hands were raised. He didn’t have a weapon with him. One eyewitness stated, “They shot him for no reason.”
Corbitt claimed that instead of shooting him, the officers could have easily captured him. She is now asking that the CPD reveal all of the incident’s video footage.
“All I care about is my child.” “He might not be able to walk again,” she said. “He’s sleeping there, crying all the time because he wishes he’d stayed in the house that day.”