Friends and family were heartbroken and demanded answers after a young man was shot back and killed by police. Body camera footage revealed that the officer his death lied to neighbors in an attempted cover-up after shooting him back.
This week, we learned that the civilian oversight agency that investigates possible misconduct by Chicago police says finished its investigation into the shooting death of Maurice Granton Jr., 24, but aren’t releasing their findings.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) disclose its findings but has submitted them to the , the agency may have concluded that the shooting violated policy the department to review any recommended discipline.
Discipline doesn’t go far enough, the family’s attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, who told the Tribune criminal charges brought.
“At Maurice Granton was shot and killed, he was unarmed and his hands were visible,” the lawyer said. “It’s another unarmed shot back.”
Because police must review the findings first, COPA cannot publicly release their findings until the department reviews it. the Tribune:
The has 60 days , with a possible 30-day extension, from the day it received the findings, which was of November. The department can respond by either agreeing or disagreeing with the findings , the case may proceed to the Chicago Police Board.
Granton was killed by police in 2018, Chicago immediately went into “damage control” mode by claiming that of two fled from the officers were trying to question him drug investigation, and he was armed and dangerous. He was not.
The body camera footage that was released shows Granton trying to climb over a fence surrounding an empty lot when opens fire and shoots him back. Granton then falls to and is seen writhing in pain. 33 seconds of the video contains no sound, which raises shots the officer fired, or if he gave his target any warning before he started shooting.
Even though Granton’s legs move, and it appears that the gunshot paralyzed him immediately, the officer continues to point his gun at . When the audio is introduced, the officer heard saying, “Get down! Stay down! Stay there.”
The officer then turned to other officers nearby, and yelled, “There’s a weapon right there! Weapon right there. Get the weapon. Go get the weapon.”
As residents neighborhood began to question why gunshots, and what was happening, the officer turned and yelled “No one is hurt over here! is hurt!”
In addition to that the officer is clearly telling a blatant concerned neighbors, his conduct also shows that he made no render any , and instead chose Granton die right of him.
While clear that the officers couldn’t care less if Granton survived, multiple began approaching the scene—a few of whom realized that Granton was the victim and called out his name—and as a crowd formed in protest, the officers on the scene focused on containing it, left Granton to die.
The weapon that the officers claim they recovered was 20 feet Granton’s body, and given that the officer know exactly where seconds after he shot Granton, raises why the officer opened fire first place.
The officer shot Granton back when appeared he attempting to harm or threaten anyone, and if the officer already knew where the weapon was that he claims were being carried by Granton, then be impossible for him that he truly “feared for his life” when he opened fire.
While police provide audio of the gunshots, ABC 7 reported that nearby surveillance cameras captured one gunshot followed by three consecutive gunshots.
Granton’s father told reporters “at no point video was my son armed. At no point video was it a confrontation.”
“It was a cold-blooded murder. It’s terrible feeling ever feel, your children killed by a policeman who’s serve and protect him,” Maurice Granton Sr. said.
Maurice Granton Jr. leaves behind two young daughters, forced to without a father. Project has reported, unfortunately, of shooting uncommon. who are “serve and protect” are quick to open fire—often because they know that find to justify their actions will face no accountability for the lives taken.
“If you watch the video evidence of the shooting from the officer’s own body camera, it’s obvious that it’s an unjustified shooting,” Stroth said. “Two young girls have their father the unjustified use of lethal force.
“The video speaks for itself,” he added. “There is clearly a pattern and practice of access and lethal force Chicago .”
Watch the body camera footage below: