CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago agency that investigates suspected police misconduct released videos, audio recordings and police reports related to 101 cases on Friday. Here is a look at some of the cases:
Police claim three men – David Strong, Leland Dudley and John Givens – were stealing items from an electronics store in April 2012 and placing them into a vehicle parked inside the building. Officers tried to get the men to surrender, but when the suspects tried to drive off and the vehicle hit an officer, police fired shots, according to the police report.
Strong was killed. Givens and Dudley were charged with crimes including murder because police said Strong died during the commission of a crime. The two men, who remain incarcerated, filed a lawsuit against the city later in 2012 alleging use of excessive force for firing at close range.
Video surveillance shows officers surrounding the store before a van barrels out of the building in reverse, flinging open a gate and crashing into a parked vehicle. An officer raises his gun and appears to shoot multiple times at the vehicle.
Case No. 1053667
PUBLIC TRANSIT ATTACK
Police allege Ismael Jamison attacked a Chicago bus driver and passengers in November 2012, before officers were called to the scene and shot him, including with a stun gun.
Video surveillance shows a shirtless man pacing near a bus stop and grabbing a woman walking by. When an officer drives up, Jamison appears to lunge toward him and the officer shoots. Jamison falls to the ground, rolls over and tries to get back up when another officer arrives and appears to fire a stun gun. Jamison doubles over, bleeding from his abdomen.
Jamison, who survived the shooting, was charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault and resisting arrest. Online records – where his first name is spelled Ismaeel – show he remains in custody.
Case No. 1058573
Lisa Simmons and Jeremiah Smith filed a lawsuit claiming they were unjustly beaten by police after officers showed up at a July 2014 party.
Police reports say officers were trying to arrest Simmons for drinking alcohol on a public street when Smith walked between officers, grabbed an officer’s hand and threw a punch. The officer says he defended himself by using his baton to hit Smith.
Cellphone video recorded by a bystander shows the officer arresting Simmons when another man approaches. The officer, dragging Simmons by the arm, is seen scuffling with him while other officers stand by. The officer then begins walking around with his baton extended and yelling to the gathered crowd: “Get out of the street or you’re going to jail.”
The same officer approaches Smith, grabs him and hits him on the side of the head so hard that his hat flies off, before taking him to the ground.
The city later settled the lawsuit with Simmons and Smith for $100,000.
Case No. 1071320
Police reports say an off-duty officer working security at a Portillo’s when the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup last June had repeatedly told a customer the restaurant was closing, when the customer swore at him and threw a cup of cheese.
The off-duty officer said he’d pulled out his handcuffs and was calling 911 to have the man arrested when the customer, Terrence Clarke, hit him and swung a chair at him. The officer said he hit back to defend himself.
Clarke, who was visiting from Canada, was hospitalized and charged with aggravated battery of a police officer.
A cellphone video recorded by other customers appears to contradict the officer’s account.
The plainclothes officer is seen standing next to the table where Clarke and his wife and son are eating. The officer suddenly grabs Clarke and begins hitting him. Clarke stands up and pushes back. As he bends forward, the officer pummels him in the face. There’s no sign of Clarke throwing a chair during the incident.
In a cellphone video recorded by Clarke’s son another customer says, “The guy who’s a security officer here was way out of line.”
Case No. 1075692
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