Chicago mayor: Police shooting video 'extremely disturbing'

Chicago Police Transit Shooting
Posted at 9:20 PM, Feb 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-29 22:20:36-05

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's mayor says video footage of police shooting and wounding a suspect inside a downtown Chicago train station is “extremely disturbing.”

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted that “widely shared footage” of the Friday afternoon shooting in a Red Line L station only shows one perspective and doesn't depict the entirety of what happened, but that it is “extremely disturbing and the actions by these officers are deeply concerning.”

Videos show two Chicago police officers struggling with a man for several minutes, deploying a stun gun and pepper spray as dozens of commuters watch nearby.

One of the officers yells, “Shoot him!” and the other does. The man runs up the escalator, and a second shot can be heard off-camera.

He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, officials said.

She also says she supports the interim police superintendent's perhaps unprecedented decision to ask prosecutors to head straight to the scene.

A police spokesman said Saturday that as far as he knew, the man who was shot was still hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

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