Chicago’s police review board has released graphic videos relating to the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Paul O’Neal as he fled a traffic stop.
The videos dramatically capture the scene as officers fire toward the stolen Jaguar that O’Neal is in. O’Neal then exits the vehicle, and multiple officers give chase on foot. Officers direct expletives toward O’Neal as he lies on the ground wounded, with one calling him a “mother f—er.” The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office told Heavy that O’Neal was shot in the back.
“What I saw was a cold-blooded murder,” said Michael Oppenheimer, the O’Neal family attorney.
The first video (above) shows an officer get out of his squad car and shoot at the Jaguar as it drives toward and then past him. A foot chase ensues. The officer gives chase, but an officer ahead of him jumps over a gate. The first officer can’t get over the gate, but multiple gunshots are heard. Then, the officer goes around another way to encounter officers who are gathered around the shooting scene. One officer calls O’Neal a “mother F—er” and an officer says, “Hands behind your back. Don’t F—ing shoot at us. Put your hands behind your back mother F—er.” (The officer used the actual expletive).
Other officers then arrive. The officers who were involved make conversation that is captured in the video, with one saying, “I shot at the car as it almost hit you” and “He almost hit my partner so I f—ing shot at him” and “F-ck man, I’m going to be on the f—ing desk for 30 days.” An officer says to an arriving officer, “I shot…” The cop tells him to relax and he says, “Oh, I’m straight.”
The second video shows a second officer giving chase after the car carrying O’Neal comes very close to the officer’s squad. This officer also can’t get past the gate, and arrives at the shooting scene when O’Neal has already been shot. In the second video, you can see O’Neal’s bleeding body lying face down as an officer handcuffs him and another puts his foot on O’Neal’s leg. Officers check O’Neal’s backpack. Blood is seen on the back of O’Neal’s shirt. The images are disturbing