Alvarez Shooting Video Released

The videos collected in the Anthony Alvarez shooting was released late last week with by the Citizen Office of Police Accountability (COPA). One of those videos was from a home security camera outside the house where the shooting occurred. From the video is seems like Alvarez never did anything that could be construed as threatening towards the officer.

The video shows Alvarez fleeing from the officer on foot, falling down, and then continuing to run before the officer shoots him multiple times. From what we can see on the video we cannot think of any legitimate reasons for the officer to have shot Alvarez that evening despite any rhetoric you will hear from police officials and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). in a short time after releasing the video COPA recommended that the officer be stripped of his police powers. They usually only do this when they believe their is good reason to believe they will be recommending the termination of the officer for his/her actions in the case being investigated.

The spin from the FOP has been as long as an offender possesses a weapon and is holding it or trying to grab it they are empowered to shoot the person. This of course flies in the face of common sense but this is an organization that flies in the face of common sense routinely. The election of John Catanzara, who has almost 50 complaints against him, defies all kinds of logic. The inability of the FOP to ever voice a negative word about shootings like the Alvarez and McDonald shootings proves the organization has no interest in reforming their practices.

On today’s show we also cover the following topics:

  • COPA Stripping of the officers in the Alvarez shooting
  • Lightfoot pointing fingers again
  • the Anjanette Young investigation ends
  • FOP Watch – rather bizarre Facebook content
  • Is the CRJ system causing crime?
  • latest aldermanic indictments

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Tracy has nearly two decades of experience researching and working within criminal justice systems. When Tracy began pursuing a career dedicate to system reform, he found that no single organization existed to promote evidence-based discussions among law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve. Recognizing that citizens in Chicago deserved the right to demand transparency in their criminal justice system, Siska established the Chicago Justice Project. He received his Master of Arts degree in Criminal Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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