Retired judge releases Chicago police dashcam video
CHICAGO — A retired judge has released dashboard camera video from a Chicago police car that shows a white officer repeatedly firing his handgun into a car full of black youths who had been pulled over for speeding and posed no apparent threat.
The judge, who handled a criminal trial of one of the teenagers, released the December 2013 video as the department has been offering assurances about police conduct while refusing to turn over dash-cam videos.
Two teens were wounded in the shooting and left lying, handcuffed and bleeding, in the street with no apparent effort to get them urgent medical treatment.
Their families, who sued the city in federal court, allege officers forcibly removed them later from a hospital while they still were recovering and put them through lengthy questioning, even though one was crying out in pain and the other was bleeding so profusely, he had to be taken back to the hospital.
The city and police department got a judge to issue a protective order to keep the video from being released by any parties to the civil case, which resulted in a $360,000 settlement. But that did not prohibit former Cook County Judge Andrew Berman from releasing the video, which had been introduced as evidence in the trial he handled of one of the teens. The boy was acquitted of possession of a stolen vehicle and misdemeanor criminal trespass to a vehicle.
Berman said he felt obligated to make the video public and gave it to The Chicago Reporter magazine, which first reported on it Thursday.
The retired judge told The Associated Press: “It just showed a reckless and callous disregard for human life by somebody who is sworn to serve and protect.”