Chicago police, in a nationwide conference call and bulletin, warned of “civil unrest” and potential violence against cops following the department’s anticipated release of video related to an incident in which a black man was fatally shot in the back, two law enforcement officials said Friday.
The officer violated policy in last week’s shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal, the bulletin said.
Sharon Fairley, head of Chicago’s police oversight board, described the video in a statement as “shocking and disturbing” and offered her condolences to O’Neal’s family and friends.
Fairley said the video can be released without jeopardizing the investigation, even though it will happen before the 60-day period outlined in the city’s transparency policy.
The footage “as shocking and disturbing as it is, is not the only evidence to be gathered and analyzed when conducting a fair and thorough assessment of the conduct of police officers in performing their duties,” said Fairley, chief administrator of Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority.