Police release video of Alfontich Cockerham shooting

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Another police surveillance video is surfacing. This one shows an officer shooting and killing an African American man. Now, activists are calling for criminal charges.

Community activists say police accounts of the shooting do not match the video. And now, they're calling on Mayor Rahm Emanuel and state's attorney Anita Alvarez to take immediate action.

Activists learned of the video and called for its release last week. FOX 32 news obtained the video of Alfontich Cockerham’s shooting overnight.

Activists say it shows an abuse of deadly force.

“I want him to be accountable. He is a horrible mayor. He's in Cuba while black people here are under attack,” Community activist William Calloway told FOX 32 News Monday.

The video was recorded on a security system from a private business. The incident happened in June.

23-year old Cockerham is seen running near 71st and Merrill. A police officer is in a shooting position. Cockerham falls to the ground between cars and raises his hands.

Witnesses say he said, "I don't have anything." But there's no audio on the tape and the images are blurry.

Community activists say it shows police fatally shooting a surrendering man. And they claim police are intimidating witnesses. They held a news conference outside Mayor Emanuel’s office Monday morning. saying the officer should be taken off the streets and they want him charged with perjury and murder.
 

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