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USA: Release of video showing police shoot 17yo Chatman to cause 'change'01:50

USA: Release of video showing police shoot 17yo Chatman to cause 'change'

United States, Chicago
January 14, 2016 at 08:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Lawyers representing the family of Cedrick Chatman gave press statements in Chicago, Thursday, after the footage of the police shooting the 17-year-old was released earlier in the day.

Lawyer Mark Smolens said that he hoped the release would initiate "system wide change in the way police misconduct is treated in the city of Chicago," and added "that's what this fight is about in the bigger picture."

Brian Coffman, also representing the Chatmans criticised the city for "keeping quiet" on the topic before going on to express concern that how change will be implemented is still unclear from the side of the law enforcement officials. "They are still not being transparent and we are still not hearing details of how they are going to change," said Coffman.

Chatman, 17, was shot on January 7, 2013, in Chicago's South Shore neighbourhood while allegedly fleeing the police in a silver Dodge Charger. The vehicle had been identified as matching the description of a stolen car, according to the police report filed by Officers Kevin Fry and Lou Toth.

Fry fired four shots at the teenager, striking him with two bullets after allegedly seeing Chatman point an object at the officers. Coffman and Smolens say the newly released footage negates Fry's claim.

USA: Release of video showing police shoot 17yo Chatman to cause 'change'01:50
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Lawyers representing the family of Cedrick Chatman gave press statements in Chicago, Thursday, after the footage of the police shooting the 17-year-old was released earlier in the day.

Lawyer Mark Smolens said that he hoped the release would initiate "system wide change in the way police misconduct is treated in the city of Chicago," and added "that's what this fight is about in the bigger picture."

Brian Coffman, also representing the Chatmans criticised the city for "keeping quiet" on the topic before going on to express concern that how change will be implemented is still unclear from the side of the law enforcement officials. "They are still not being transparent and we are still not hearing details of how they are going to change," said Coffman.

Chatman, 17, was shot on January 7, 2013, in Chicago's South Shore neighbourhood while allegedly fleeing the police in a silver Dodge Charger. The vehicle had been identified as matching the description of a stolen car, according to the police report filed by Officers Kevin Fry and Lou Toth.

Fry fired four shots at the teenager, striking him with two bullets after allegedly seeing Chatman point an object at the officers. Coffman and Smolens say the newly released footage negates Fry's claim.

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