In 14 Cases, No Gun Is Found After Chicago Police Shot Someone They Said Was Armed:
A flashlight. A wrench. An L-shaped object under a towel. Even a Chicago Fire Department badge in a wallet.
All allegedly have been mistaken for guns in recent cases in which people were shot by Chicago police officers who believed they were under threat, a Chicago Tribune investigation has found….
Those shootings, in which police said the victim had a gun but one was never found, resulted in seven deaths. But that was not the only cost. Lawsuits have been filed in all 14 shootings, and, even with three cases pending, the city already has settled with plaintiffs for more than $15 million – a hefty price for Chicago taxpayers.
Although none of them had guns, six people who survived the shootings were nevertheless charged with aggravated assault of a police officer. Four were either found not guilty or convicted of a lesser crime. One person shot by police, a paramedic, was not charged.
IPRA sided with officers in every completed investigation but two…
In addition to the 14 cases, the Tribune’s review found other cases where no gun was recovered after a police shooting. Those were left out of the final count because there was a realistic opportunity for the person to ditch a gun that officers said they had – such as driving for blocks following an initial confrontation with police.
Also not included were incidents where those shot weren’t armed, but police did not claim they were; cases where a person was alleged to have used a vehicle as a weapon, for instance, also were left out. Finally, some recent investigations where IPRA paperwork remains incomplete and a determination of the circumstances of a shooting could not be discerned also were not counted.