The Latest: Chicago police relieve 2 officers of powers


CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on developments involving the Chicago Police Department (all times local):

9:30 p.m.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has relieved two officers of their police powers following a police-involved shooting that left a suspect dead.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi says although Thursday night’s shooting of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal of Chicago remains under investigation, departmental policies may have been violated by the officers. He added that the department is still reviewing the actions of a third officer involved in the shooting.

The shooting occurred during a stolen vehicle investigation.

Authorities say officers exited their vehicle late Thursday after stopping a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says the driver of the Jaguar, identified as O’Neal, then put the vehicle in drive, sideswiping a squad car and a parked vehicle. Escalante says the officers fired, hitting O’Neal who later pronounced dead at a hospital.

This story has been updated to correct that investigators haven’t determined whether the third officer’s actions violated policy.

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8:45 p.m.

Authorities have identified the man shot to death by Chicago police during a stolen vehicle investigation late Thursday.

The Cook County medical examiner’s office on Friday identified the dead man as 18-year-old Paul O’Neal of Chicago.

Police say officers exited their vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after stopping a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says the driver of the Jaguar then put the vehicle in drive, sideswiping a squad car and a parked vehicle. Escalante says at least two officers fired their weapons.

O’Neal was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Department officials say investigators have retrieved body cameras and cameras on squad car dashboards to determine whether officers followed the department’s deadly force policy when they opened fire on the fleeing vehicle.

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12:05 p.m.

A former federal prosecutor has been named special prosecutor to consider if Chicago police officers were involved in a cover up in the Laquan McDonald case.

Cook County Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. on Friday appointed Patricia Brown Holmes to the position. It was requested by a coalition of community groups, attorneys and McDonald’s family. The black teen was shot 16 times and killed by white police officer Jason Van Dyke, who has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges.

Holmes said she plans to “look at the facts and go from there.” She is a former judge and currently a partner in a law firm.

Separately, an attorney for McDonald’s mother is fighting the release of her son’s juvenile records to Van Dyke’s attorneys. She called it “an unnecessary character attack” during a Thursday hearing.

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11:40 a.m.

The widow of a slain Chicago police officer has urged Americans during a speech at the Democratic National Convention to honor fallen police by helping others, bridging communities and bringing peace.

Jennifer Loudon’s husband Thor Soderberg was shot dead in 2010 when a man surprised him in a parking lot as the officer changed clothes in his car. The suspect shot at three other officers during an ensuing chase.

The suspect was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/2aPa2Pz ) that Loudon said Thursday that she wants people to remember that police risk their lives to protect others. She says her late husband “knew effective policing required treating people with kindness and respect.”

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11:05 a.m.

A Chicago police officer is suing the agency that investigates police misconduct after it recommended his firing over excessive force complaints.

Glenn Evans filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that the Independent Police Review Authority botched investigations against him and set him up for criminal charges by leaking reports to the media. A judge acquitted Evans in December of charges he shoved his gun down a suspect’s throat.

IPRA officials didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the lawsuit.

In May, IPRA chief administrator Sharon Fairley recommended that Evans be fired in a separate misconduct case but the five-year statute of limitations had passed in April.

Evans’ attorney said in a statement that “shooting victims and police alike deserve a fair and honest investigation.”

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9:10 a.m.

A top Chicago police official says the department has “quite a few questions” after officers shot and killed a suspect in a stolen vehicle investigation.

Chicago police say officers exited their vehicle around 7:30 p.m. Thursday after stopping a Jaguar convertible that had been reported stolen. Chicago Police First Deputy Superintendent John Escalante says the driver of the Jaguar then put the vehicle in drive, sideswiping a squad car and a parked vehicle. Escalante says at least two officers then fired and one person was shot.

Escalante says investigators will review video from police body cameras and in-car cameras. Escalante has described the investigation as “very active” but that “it’s going to take a while” to view the footage.

The Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting.

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