Chicago’s police superintendent said Sunday he ordered the release of body camera footage from the deadly shooting of a black man by officers quickly to address any misinformation and maintain calm in the city.
Eddie Johnson says it was the fastest he’s ever ordered body-worn camera video released. He says there’s no question that 37-year-old Harith Augustus was armed when officers encountered him Saturday on Chicago’s South Side.
Johnson says police stopped Augustus when an officer noticed a gun in a holster peeking out from under the man’s T-shirt. He says the holstered gun was tucked in the man’s waistband. He added that the gun was a semiautomatic handgun but that he’s not sure what caliber.
The police superintendent says he wanted to maintain calm in the city to avoid a repeat of protests that escalated Saturday night.