This past Monday night, a new victim emerged, and so did a new video showing that 16-year old Pierre Loury died on the other side of the fence from the police foot pursuit which led to his demise.
Chicago police have shot five citizens and killed three already this year.
Generally speaking, police in America aren’t allowed to even shoot a known felon fleeing, unless it’s clear that he presents an immediate danger to the officer’s safety or the community.
Only an autopsy will tell if Loury was shot in the back.
But they’re not saying just yet.
Chicago police admits that before Loury was shot, he was scaling the fence, and that his clothing entangled him before the teen could get to the other side.
Gunshots finished Loury’s procession to the other side of the fence.
And into the after life.
Loury’s neighborhood had already become synonymous with police abuse, ever since the secret Homan Square black sitewas revealed to be a secret torture prison run by Chicago PD similar to an Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay.
Now, it might have another landmark incident linking the name Homan Square once again to unfettered Chicago police lawlessness.
Pierre Loury might have had a gun, because photos have emerged of the teen holding a weapon on social media, but it’s still pretty doubtful that anyone could pose a life threat when stuck on top of a fence with sharp spikes.
Least of all a scared teenager, stuck on a fence.
Unbelievably, the New York Times considers a new panel finding that racism influences the Chicago police – causing them to be violent – to be “breaking news” when anyone with two eyes can tell that racism is one of the top problems facing most police departments in America these days.
The famous Supreme Court case Graham vs. Connor established that police must use “an objective reasonableness standard should apply to a civilian’s claim that law enforcement officials used excessive force in the course of making an arrest, investigatory stop, or other “seizure” of his person.”
In this case, a man scaling a fence doesn’t seem to present any immediate threat of physical danger to a police officer.
However, Chicago police shot Pierre Loury anyways, because they thought he was riding in a car that matched the description of an earlier shooting.
The teen turned his back on those police and tried to run, whether innocent or guilty of the earlier shooting, or if the Loury was just plan afraid of the police like Freddie Gray one year ago, we may never know.