COPA releases video of police shooting that resulted in charges for two officers

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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released a video on Tuesday showing two Chicago police officers in plain clothes and in an unmarked vehicle shooting a 23-year-old man in Pilsen, with both officers charged with a felony and removed from the force. .

Sergeant Christopher Liakopoulos, 43, who has been with the ministry since 2001, and Officer Ruben Reynoso, 42, who has been with CPD since 2003, were charged last week with aggravated assault and official misconduct after the July 22 shooting.

After the shooting, Police Commissioner David Brown initially told reporters that after an officer identified himself with the group outside the closed company, one of the people in the group pulled out a gun, leading to a gunfight.

Cook County Attorney Kim Foxx announced the charges against the officers at a news conference last Friday, saying the video of the shooting contradicted the officers’ statements about the events. Cook County Associate Judge Maryam Ahmad had set $25,000 bonds for both at a hearing Friday afternoon, and they were both released the same day after the bond was posted.

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The video shows the two officers, who were on their way to the Chicago Police Training Academy, encounter a group of people standing outside a closed business on the 1000 block of West 18th Street just before 7 a.m. .

The surveillance video – which contains no audio – shows the 23-year-old, wearing a white hoodie and holding a bottle of wine and a phone in one hand, walking towards the police vehicle and holding his empty hand. waves to the officers. Suddenly the man falls to the ground, after which the two officers leave the vehicle and seem to fire shots at a minor, who had walked out of sight of the video.

The 23-year-old remains in the street as cars pass him and one of the officers stands on the street. None of the officers appear to help him as he lies on the ground for several minutes until additional officers and emergency services arrive.

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COPA said in a press release that it has additional video showing the youngster firing a gun at the officers after the officers shot the 23-year-old man, but the agency is prohibited from releasing the video featuring underage subjects publicly. .

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