Chicago’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability released video Wednesday of the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Maurice Granton, Jr., by a Chicago police officer.
The videos were released 11 days before the 60-day deadline, and were showed to Granton’s family first.
“I saw my son, Maurice Granton, Jr., my DNA, my blood, just get murdered in cold blood by a Chicago policeman,” said Maurice Granton, Sr., as he left COPA’s offices after viewing the videos.
Granton, who police said was armed, was shot around 8:15 p.m. on June 6 in the 300-block of East 47th Street in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
Tactical officers from the 2nd District were conducting a narcotics investigation in the area when police said Granton ran from them. Officers chased him and told him to stop. Police said that’s when he pulled out a weapon and “an armed encounter between the offender and police ensued.”
The bodycam worn by the officer who shot Granton shows him running toward an iron fence. As he mounts it the officer fires at him. Granton falls to the ground and then for a few seconds can be seen writhing on the ground before he stops moving altogether.
As the audio comes on you can hear the officer demand Granton stay down, still pointing a gun at him. He directs other police toward what he says is a weapon.
The bodycam worn by the officer that did not fire at Granton captured the beginning of the pursuit. You can see an officer jump out of his SUV and sprint after Granton down an alley. As Granton hops a white wooden fence, the officer injures himself. In the background you can hear four gun shots.
SOURCE: Leah Hope and Liz Nagy