Chicago Releases Footage of Police Shooting of Unarmed Teen Ricardo Hayes

HeadlineOct 18, 2018

Back in the U.S., the police accountability office in the city of Chicago has released footage of off-duty police officer Khalil Muhammad shooting unarmed African-American teenager Ricardo Hayes last year. The video directly contradicts officer Muhammad’s claim that the shooting followed an “escalated” encounter where Hayes appeared to be pulling out a gun, instead showing the officer chasing after Hayes in his car before shooting directly at Hayes as he appeared to calmly take a few steps toward the vehicle with his arms by his side. Hayes has autism, adding to recent questions over police’s handling of people with mental and developmental disabilities. Muhammad is currently on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated. The Justice Department conducted an investigation into the Chicago Police Department after the shooting and killing of African-American teenager Laquan McDonald, which showed that Chicago police are 14 times more likely to use force against young black men than white men.

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