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Video: Watch 3 Chicago Cops Shoot Wildly at Paul O'Neal, Killing Him

Cops clearly violated city policy by opening fire on a fleeing car.

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Police officers opened fire on a stolen Jaguar being driven by 18-year-old Paul O'Neal, according to video footage of the altercation released on Friday.

After crashing into a cop car, O'Neal fled on foot and was shot in the back by an officer. O'Neal was barely conscious when the officers handcuffed him, and died of a gunshot wound soon thereafter.

The officers understood the consequences of their actions… sort of.

"I'm going to be on desk duty for 30 goddamn days," said one cop, who had fired several shots at the Jaguar.

Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority is investigating. The agency released video footage of the shooting collected from several officers' body cameras. Videos show O'Neal driving erratically, trying to shake his pursuers. He clips a parked car as he tries to squeeze between it and a police vehicle. One officer then begins shooting wildly at the Jaguar, which collides head on with another cop car a few seconds later. A second officer fires at least one shot at the Jaguar.

Those two officers pursue O'Neal into a suburban backyard. They help a third officer scale a wooden fence and then leave to find another entrance to the backyard. It's this third officer who apparently shot O'Neal in the back. This shooting is not captured on video—the officer's body camera wasn't working, or fell off, according to the authorities. The sound of gunfire can be heard, however.

A number of officers eventually surround O'Neal, who is lying flat on his stomach, bleeding from the gunshot wound in his back. They handcuff him, anyway.

O'Neal's family has filed suit.

"It is one of the most horrific things I have seen," Michael Oppenheimer, the family's lawyer, said about the videos, according to The Chicago Tribune.

On Twitter, Shaun King called it an execution.

A couple of important facts:

  • O'Neal wasn't armed, but several officers were firing so many shots—from different locations—that confusion reigned. By the time the officers caught up with O'Neal, not only had they come to believe he was armed, but they thought they were dealing with multiple hostile shooters.
  • The officers unquestionably violated the city's use of force policy when they shot at the Jaguar. Officers are not permitted to shoot at fleeing cars when the car itself is the only danger.
  • The car was a danger: O'Neal came close to running over an officer, and his head-on collision with a cop car could have resulted in injuries. But the officers were also a significant danger to themselves. The cop who fired multiple shots at the fleeing Jaguar could easily have hit one of the other officers.

This shooting is unlike the Philando Castile, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, or John Crawford cases in that the officers here were dealing with an actually dangerous situation—O'Neal was committing a fairly serious crime, resisting arrest, and endangering lives. But the officers very clearly reacted horribly. Their decision to shoot wildly at an escaping vehicle made a dangerous situation much, much worse.

And while auto theft is a serious crime, it is not one that carries the death penalty. We don't see the officer fire the kill shot, but we know that O'Neal was unarmed, on foot, and running away. And that he was ultimately shot in the back.

There was clearly significant wrongdoing here. Thirty days of desk duty would hardly make up for it.

Watch the videos here.

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  1. Wow. I’m moving to ChiTown. Seems WAY safer than this hicktown out in the country in Michigan that I live in. Shit.

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    2. Yeah sure, it’s safer, but only because Officer Hicktown can actually hit what he’s aiming at.

  2. “I’m going to be on desk duty for 30 goddamn days,” said one cop

    “Oh noez, I won’t get to shoot anyone for 30 whole days! Whatever will I do!”

    Fuck off, pig.

  3. There was clearly significant wrongdoing here. Thirty days of desk duty would hardly make up for it.

    We agree, Mr. Soave. That’s why we’re prepared to issue a FORTY-FIVE day suspension. With pay. Pending review and appeal.

    CPD

  4. Philando Castile

    He went for his gun!

    Tamir Rice

    He went for his gun!

    Eric Garner

    He was resisting arrest!

    John Crawford

    He was holding a gun!

  5. They help a third officer scale a wooden fence…

    I’m guessing because the disgusting fat body was unable to get over the fence on his own. I’m sure Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann would have some interesting words for that. Plus, I bet that part of the video would be highly comical if you were to put Yacketty Sax in the background.

    This shooting is not captured on video?the officer’s body camera wasn’t working, or fell off, according to the authorities.

    I’d show you my shocked face, but it’s broken from over use. Also, explains why they chose that guy to go over the fence. He was the one with the “malfunctioning and/or lost” body camera.

    1. explains why they chose that guy to go over the fence. He was the one with the “malfunctioning and/or lost” body camera.

      You give these guys way too much credit.

  6. Are people equally outraged at the shooting of Miriam Carey at the U.S. Capitol in 2013? Besides people writing at Reason, that is? My recollection was that everyone else was saying “OMIGOD, she was driving a CAR recklessly! Those motherfuckers are DANGEROUS! Of course the police perforated her with lead! What else could they do!”

    1. +1

    2. But those Top Men were protecting the political aristocracy and the shit bag media cowards that were “sheltering in place”. See! So much difference!

  7. In fairness, they were dealing with multiple hostile shooters.

  8. Again with the Shaun King? Why? Do we need that dipshit’s opinion?

    1. I was wondering that too… Shaun King is as white as a polar bear’s ghost… why does it matter what he says? I mean, I guess white people are entitled to their opinions, but I’m unclear as to why his carries any special weight. More, say, than his white mother’s, white father’s, or white brother’s….

      1. Look, the man on his birth certificate isn’t really his father. His real dad is a true Nubian warrior who somehow didn’t pass on the slightest bit of genetic material to milk-white pasty Shaun.

        1. His real dad is a true Nubian warrior who somehow didn’t pass on the slightest bit of genetic material to milk-white pasty Shaun.

          Seriously have you ever seen a mixed person IRL? They… look like Shaun King.

          1. Also, you think someone who WASN’T mixed would write something like :

            I refuse to speak in detail about the nature of my mother’s past, or her sexual partners, and I am gravely embarrassed to even be saying this now, but I have been told for most of my life that the white man on my birth certificate is not my biological father and that my actual biological father is a light-skinned black man. My mother and I have discussed her affair. She was a young woman in a bad relationship and I have no judgment.

            About his mother? I mean… ? Occam’s Razor much?

      2. I see no reason to legitimize that guy in any way. We do not need his opinion to know that the police acted incorrectly. There is also not video of an execution, so dipshit is being a dipshit, which is no surprise because he is a dipshit.

    2. Yes. Robbo loves the blacks. No.

    3. I was going to ask the same question but trying to avoid pointing out the obvious because everyone’s bitching-about-the-robby-bitching.

      I presume the idea is that Sean King is the MSM representative for “Black Twitter”, and Robby needs to shout out black-twitter because he woke like that. Regardless of how fucking stupid, irrelevant, pathetic, and content-free the quote may be

      1. I bitch about the Robby bitching, but I do not understand this one.

        1. I do not understand this one.

          As a regular bitch-er, I do.

          Its the same shit everyone complains about daily.

    4. Reason kinda lost me with that one. Asshole conveniently leaves out “car thief” in his description of O’Neal, which is only the most important point. Makes King as fulla shit as police.

      1. Asshole conveniently leaves out “car thief” in his description of O’Neal, which is only the most important point.

        I agree, this is a super important point because car thieves are rightly subject to summary execution by Our Heroes in Blue.

        1. Your right. We should wait till they rundown a child before we do anything.

          Is there any risk to the public you won’t tolerate to support criminals?

  9. They can’t climb the fucking door.

  10. No thanks. It’s a lovely Friday. Not gonna change that.

  11. OHH MY FUCKING GOD!

    Watch that video…at 14 seconds in…HOLY SHIT these fuckers are absolute morons with zero fucking training. I swear to god in all dead seriousness they ALL need their firearms privileges revoked. They should not be allowed guns on duty…that shit is UNFUCKINGBELIEVABLY BAT SHIT INSANE!

    i…i…i can’t even

    1. 1:14 sorry

    2. they ALL need their firearms privileges revoked

      Yet progtards are constantly claiming that cops are the only people who should be trusted with firearms…

  12. I am not letting this go
    The cops are shooting at each other. He even manages to hit the van RIGHT IN FRONT OF HIM! His partner/whatever is fucking extremely luck, as are every single person in that neighborhood. These fucking idiots are out of control. Willing to shoot each other and innocent bystanders. crazy just crazy…I CANT EVEN TYPE RIGHT NOW

    FUCK YOU REASON!

  13. Somebody tell me they see the same thing
    please…i am beginning to doubt my own sanity.

    1. You are correct. That is why I said it is not an execution (we do not know exactly what happened in the backyard) because these maniacs shoot at each other.

    2. You got me to watch it and, yep, holy shit. The guy’s first shots are toward his partner and the house.

      But he looked so badass doing it!!

      1. He had his gun out while they were driving.

        Was there some call on the radio that the driver was armed/hostile? because he was ready to go before they even pulled over.

        1. I would think “Perpetrator may be armed” is standard on calls, unless they know 100% for certain that the person isn’t armed.

      2. I bet these fucking darwin nominees are all like “you see that video bob? I almost shot you in the face hahaha.” “Yeah bill that was awesome!”

        And yes Dennis, having his gun out in the car shows premeditation.

        Firing DIRECTLY at another cop:
        1. Endangering the life of a police office with firearms modifier
        2. Gross indifference to human life
        3. Reckless endangerment.
        4. Attempted Manslaughter

        Fuck somebody get a lawyer on here to watch those 5 seconds.

        1. Firing DIRECTLY at another cop:
          1. Endangering the life of a police office with firearms modifier
          2. Gross indifference to human life

          I guess, technically.

          1. lol, RC’s cynicism reaches epic proportions…nice.

          2. This incident came up in conversation last night with my CPD buddy. Other guys were saying “Why the fuck are people against the cops for shooting the asshole!”

            And my cop buddy agreed. But then said “I never pull my gun though because it’s always more trouble than it’s worth. And why should I go through bullshit when I know damn well I’ll be lucky to get my pension. Either I fuck up and lose my pension, or I stick to the book and still will lose 90% of it. Fuck the guys that whine about desk duty, I can’t wait until I get put on desk duty. Everybody says they love cops, but everybody lies. Even cops hate cops.”

    3. The cops are shooting at each other, into houses, down the street at other police cars and at each other again, this time in a crossfire. Then they can’t climb over a fence, reload as they run and call for EMT because one of the boys in blue ran a fast quarter-mile and is out of breath. All this over a stolen car and a single, unarmed suspect.

      Has the police academy been reduced to watching Benny Hill for 12 weeks? Reno 911 looks like a serious police drama after watching these videos.

      1. I’m with Cliche Bandit’s “Holy Shit!”

        Those videos are as disturbing as any that record an actual death. Those videos should be shown to every training academy class as a guide for what NOT to do. Those cops break every rule of how to handle and discharge a firearm. Young kids with responsible gun training should feel embarrassed for those officers. It looked like a Funny-or-Die video with grown-up voices dubbed over children playing cops and robbers with bicycles and toy guns.

        If this is typical police procedure, they should focus their fear of dying in the line of duty towards other police, not the “bad guys”.

        “They shot at us too, right?” I hope that one has an introspective side.

  14. Shaun King is just the worst.

  15. Is this a straight-up contradiction?

    – By the time the officers caught up with O’Neal, not only had they come to believe he was armed, but they thought they were dealing with multiple hostile shooters.

    – The officers unquestionably violated the city’s use of force policy when they shot at the Jaguar. Officers are not permitted to shoot at fleeing cars when the car itself is the only danger.

    The first statement specifically acknowledges that “the car itself was NOT the only danger”. Then the second statement says, “the car WAS the only danger”

    I’m not trying to exculpate anyone – just pointing out what is an obvious apparent error in the sequence of statements made here.

    (*the first thing i thought when the cops opened fire is “he’s in a crossfire with his own partner” – look @1:15 in the video, and the very first shot fired? is when the camera-cop has his own partner directly across from him.)

    1. Dennis, I think you’re off base here:

      The officers unquestionably violated the city’s use of force policy when they shot at the Jaguar. Officers are not permitted to shoot at fleeing cars when the car itself is the only danger.

      The car was a danger:

      A car has to be a danger to be the only danger. They violated policy by shooting at the car, which was both a danger and the only danger.

      Its really clumsy writing, but not contradictory.

      1. You seem to be looking only at statement #2 and not statement #1

        They violated policy by shooting at the car, which was both a danger and the only danger.

        Which isnt what the statement right before it said.

        He specifically says the cops were informed they were “dealing with multiple hostile shooters”

        Why did the cop have his gun out in the car before they even pulled over? It seems like they were under the impression there was a shooting-situation ongoing and they had switched into full-blast-at-anything mode.

        If you simply take what’s on the video, the second statement is true. but when you consider the first statement, the behavior makes more sense, and contradicts the claim that they were “obviously in violation”.

        You can say “well they had nothing to fear except the car” – that’s not what they were assuming however and they’re probably NOT in violation of any policy if statement 1 is true.

  16. Why can’t we stick to the ones that weren’t killed during the commission of crimes?

    You know, police killing innocents. Rice, Garner, Crawford. Thomas.

    Really don’t care as much when it’s cops shooting criminals.

    1. Really don’t care as much when it’s cops shooting criminals.

      Think about this logically for a few moments. Why don’t you care when police shoot a person who is an (alleged) criminal?

      Stealing a car is bad, but the punishment here does not seem to fit the crime. Let’s say the (alleged) crime was jaywalking or speeding, are they still a “criminal” for the purposes of your statement?

  17. Its only a matter of time before these baboons shoot a kid inside a house, or send bullets into a house that provoke return fire.

    What a disgrace. And you know inside the precinct house its all high fives and backslaps.

    1. Based on what my friend tells me, it (and probably any bureaucracy really) is like a sports locker room. Every guy is “yay team” but in private they all really couldn’t give a fuck about their teammates after the game is over. Either “I wouldn’t even have let him get that far”, or “That fucker shot in my direction!” or any number of other criticisms. But that “teammate” mentality is ingrained in people before high school is over so they can turn it on and off for any particular environment/audience very easily and they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

      1. Maybe they should hire people who make it to college.

  18. You remember that scene in fight club where Norton is shooting at Pitt in front of the van full of explosives? And Pitt is like “WHOA!! YOU ARE CRAZY!”

    Even AFTER the big revel, that scene is still ‘the insane guys thinks YOU are more insane’…well, these cops top Norton’s character here.

  19. The should posthumously charge him for felony murder since his own actions resulted in someone’s death.

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  21. You forgot the mention that at no time at least on camera do the cops attempt first aid. No one hollering for bandages or even applying pressure to the wound.

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