FOX 32 NEWS - Police dash camera video obtained by FOX 32 News shows a fatal police shooting from 2012 that a community activist is now asking the Independent Police Review Authority to reinvestigate.
The video shows the initial police chase as officers pursue a silver SUV on December 15, 2012. The vehicle was suspected of being connected to armed robberies of truckers, and officers were warned on the radio the suspects had weapons.
The officers finally caught up with the SUV after it crashed at a gas station at 55th and Ashland. As the squad pulls into the parking lot, four men ran from the scene and the police vehicle hit 23-year-old Jamaal Moore, knocking him to the ground.
As the male officer tried to handcuff Moore, the female officer radioed in for backup and then goes to help her partner. Moore flips the male cop over and is then shot by the female officer as he tries to get away.
“He was unarmed and he was running away. So, therefore there was no grounds for that Chicago Police Officer to discharge her weapon,” contends William Calloway, a community activist.
On that night, the shooting sparked a major confrontation with people tossing bottles and rocks at police. Nine were arrested for mob action.
Community activist William Calloway said he not only wants the Independent Police Review Authority to reinvestigate the case, he also wants the Police Department to immediately strip the officer of her police powers.
The use of force policy allows police to use deadly force if they believe at the time they or their partner's life is in danger.
According to an IPRA report, the female officer yelled, quote, "gun, gun" before firing her weapon twice at Moore. A flashlight was found at the scene, but no gun.
“In this particular video you see the officer placing her gun back in her holster, so therefore if she really feels that Jamaal was posing a threat and she was in fear for her life, I would never think that she would take time to put her gun back in her holster,” Calloway said.
IPRA has agreed to revisit the case and see if a new investigation is warranted. The city settled a federal lawsuit with Moore’s family for $1.25 million.