Harith Augustus was shot and killed Saturday by a Chicago police officer, who stopped Augustus on the South Side. They said that they saw a man who “they thought might be armed.” He was, and was shot in the back killing him.
Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson revealed in a press conference that Augustus had a gun license, which contradicted previous claims by the department’s spokesperson, Chicago Sun Times reporter Nader Issa tweeted.
In wake of the shooting, protests broke out across the city, which Johnson said he doesn’t want to see happen again Sunday evening.
“We can’t have another night” like last night, Issa quoted Johnson in a tweet. He went on to ask the community to take a breath a let the investigation continued.
“I know the community is also hurting,” Johnson said. He also promised to be as transparent as possible to investigators.
“This police officer has a right to go home also,” he continued. He asked citizens to put their guns down and let the court do it’s job. In the past, nearly all police officers are acquitted after shooting people of color.
The officer that is responsible for the death of Augustus has been on the force for less than two years and he is still in his probational period. According to Issa, that means he’s been out of the police academy for less than a year.
Watch the footage below:
Video of confrontation between police and Mr. Augustus at 71st and Jeffery. pic.twitter.com/Qd9q9IXNdS
— Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 15, 2018