At least three officers fired their weapons at 18-year-old Paul O’Neal when he sideswiped them while driving a stolen vehicle, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The Cook County medical examiner’s officer determined that O’Neal died from a gunshot wound to the back.
“He got shot in the back. That means he was defenseless,” said Lynn Farley, a friend of O’Neal, according to ABC 7.
Now the Tribune is reporting that the body camera of the Chicago officer who fired the fatal shot was not working at the time of the shooting. All three officers involved were all relieved of duty on Thursday night following the shooting and now the department is investigating why the body camera wasn’t working. Paperwork reportedly indicates that the officer had only recently been issued a body camera.
O’Neal was fatally shot after crashing a stolen Jaguar into police cars.
A January report from DNAinfo, however, found that Chicago cops had intentionally destroyed their own equipment on a number of occasions:
“Chicago Police Department officers stashed microphones in their squad car glove boxes. They pulled out batteries. Microphone antennas got busted or went missing. And sometimes, dashcam systems didn’t have any microphones at all…
“Police officials last month blamed the absence of audio in 80 percent of dashcam videos on officer error and ‘intentional destruction.’”
The city’s Independent Police Review Authority is investigating.