The Windy City has once again experienced a police-involved shooting death of a black teen, Pierre Loury, who was shot after a foot chase, where the Chicago Police Department said ended tragically, with Loury pointing a handgun at the responding officer.
He was shot in the chest and later died of his wounds. He was 16-years-old. The incident took place on April 11. This is the fifth police-involved shooting for the year and the third one that ended in a fatality, according to the Chicago Tribune.
To make matters worse, the task force created by Mayor Rahm Emanuel recently released their report on the police department, where they accuse it of institutional racism and a disregard for the “sanctity of human life when it comes to people of color” (via CNN):
- In a blistering report, a mayoral task force said police "have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color" and have alienated blacks and Hispanics with the use of force and a longstanding code of silence.
- Task force chairwoman Lori Lightfoot said the report was "not an indictment of the entire police department" but stressed that "a culture of accountability ... is fundamentally lacking."
- The City Council approved more than $6 million in settlements stemming from the deaths of two men in police custody.
- Aldermen confirmed Chicago Police veteran Eddie Johnson as superintendent in a city shaken by violent crime and deep-seated distrust of law enforcement.