‘Extremely disturbing’ video shows Chicago police shoot man after train incident

This Friday, Feb. 28, 2020 image from cellphone video shows Chicago police officers trying to apprehend a suspect inside a downtown train station.

Multiple investigations were underway Sunday after a Chicago man accused of illegally moving between two train cars was shot by police officers in an altercation caught on cellphone video that the mayor described as “extremely disturbing.”

The man, who was not identified, was in critical condition at Northwestern Hospital, police said. Both officers involved in the incident Friday were being restricted from field duties and placed on administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigations.

The shooting took place hours after Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Chicago Police and the Chicago Transit Authority announced a comprehensive plan to tackle crime on public transit.

The incident began when two officers assigned to the Mass Transit Unit attempted to stop the man from moving between the cars, which violates a city ordinance, police said. A struggle ensued at the Grand Red Line station as they attempted to take him into custody at the bottom of an escalator.

The video shows both officers firing their Tasers at the man. Two gunshots can be heard, but in the chaos it is not clear which officer is shooting. Police said one of the officers shot the man twice.

“I have viewed the widely shared footage depicting the police-involved shooting at the CTA station,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said. “With the strong caveat that one perspective does not depict the entirety of the incident, the video is extremely disturbing and the actions by these officers are deeply concerning.”

Criminal and administrative police investigations were underway, police said. The incident also was being independently investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability “to ensure the public gains a complete picture of what happened,” Lightfoot said.

Interim Police Superintendent Charlie Beck “is extremely concerned and has significant questions” about the incident, police said in a statement. 

Beck pledged the full support of police in the investigations.

Hours earlier, the city unveiled its plan to ensure the safety of the transit system. Four detectives and a crime analyst will have the ability to monitor in real time more than 32,000 cameras on all trains and buses, in stations and elsewhere. The goal, Beck said, was to provide faster responses to violent crimes in the transit system.

“With more than 1 million daily riders, the safety and security of the traveling public are extremely important to us,” Beck said.

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