Two Chicago police officers are being stripped of their police powers after an incident Thursday night (July 30) resulted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.
The autopsy report has confirmed that O’Neal died from wounds to the back as a result of being shot, and the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, which by definition means the killing of one person by another.
Three officers fired their weapons during the incident, which unfolded after O’Neal reportedly sideswiped a squad car and hit a parked car while driving a stolen Jaguar.
Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson issued a statement, revealing that it is likely the officers involved violated policy by drawing and firing their weapons.
“[Johnson] spent most of [Friday] afternoon [July 29] with top advisors and command staff reviewing the preliminary information from the incident,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an official email. “(Police) investigators determined 3 officers discharged their weapons in the course of their duties and given what is known thus far, it appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least 2 of the police officers.”
"As of now, the two officers have been relieved of their police powers," the statement continued. "[The officers] will be assigned to administrative positions within the agency pending the outcome of (the Independent Police Review Authority's) investigation and our continuing internal administrative review."
In addition to administrative duty, Johnson also ordered that the officers cannot carry their guns or badge. Both officers stripped of their police powers have less than five years experience on the job.
A candlelight vigil was held late Friday night, where votive candles were placed in a heart-shape, with many coming forward to speak, pay their respects to O’Neal and call for justice.
More on this story as it develops.
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