Chicago's Police Watchdog released footage of Anthony Alvarez shot fatally

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Authorities released footage of a 22-year-old shot fatally by the Chicago Police last month.

Chicago's Civilian Office of Police Accountability released footage on Wednesday of a shooting that killed Anthony Alvarez on March 31.

Releasing a statement COPA recommended relieving the officer-involved off his duties.

COPA released about 3 dozen video footage including bodycam footage captured by the body-cam of the shooting officer.

The victim is heard to be asking "Why are you shooting me?" as he lay on the lawn of a home.

"During the brief foot pursuit, officers made verbal commands to Mr. Alvarez to drop the weapon," the release said. "A Chicago Police Officer fired his weapon multiple times, fatally injuring Mr. Alvarez."

In footage taken by the shooting officer's body camera, Alvarez is seen running down an alley away from pursuing officers.

A tactical response report from the Chicago Police Department labeled Alvarez as being an "imminent threat of battery with a weapon" and said that he was armed with a semi-automatic pistol.

Though COPA does not name the shooting police officer, the documents it released identifies him as officer Evan Solano.

Publish : 2021-04-29 16:34:00

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