CHICAGO – A police in Chicago killed a man on Saturday night on the southern side of the city and angry nearby residents who gathered on the scene in large numbers and confronted officers for several hours.
The shot was the last recent years to reveal deep distrust between Chicago and residents in predominantly black districts on the south and west sides.
Fred Waller, patrol chief of the Chicago police said that Saturday's meeting began when the officers noticed a man with a bucket on their waist that they thought could be a weapon. He said a confrontation broke out after officers approached the man and an officer kicked deadly shots.
Chief Waller said the police recovered a semi-automatic weapon from the man whom he did not think was licensed to wear a hidden gun . The man has not been identified.
Activists, residents and local journalists quickly converged at the shooting site, a busy area near a commuter train station and shopping district in South Shore. Many registered tense confrontations between residents and officers. Some were opposed to the police department's version of the events.
The local Fox TV filmed a video of a man who jumped on the hood by a police cruiser. A reporter from the Chicago Sun-Times wrote on Twitter that a scuffle broke out, with officers who used batons and residents who hit battles. Officers stormed a parking lot where demonstrators had gathered in the dark, the reporter said, made several arrests and threw the reporter to the ground.
At 10:30 the shooting area was completed. Three or four officers experienced minor injuries, four protesters arrested and some police cars were injured, officials said.
Questions about the police's use of violence and responsibility for officers have dominated public discourse here for several years. After a officer in 2015, murder was assassinated by the death of Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, mayor Rahm Emanuel promised sweeping political changes and a cultural review of the police department.
Commanders throughout the city now carry body cameras and carry stun guns, but police shifts such as upset Chicagoans have continued.
In 2015, an officer shot a teenager with a baseball bat and an innocent bite. In 2016 an officer shot deadly an unguarded teen in his back after he ran away from the police. And last month, about five miles away from the scene for Saturday's shot, residents confronted the police when officials fatalized an armed robbery.