The Chicago Police Department took away the badge and gun of a sergeant who fatally shot a Black teenager in the back during a foot chase.
The shooting happened just after 11pm Wednesday in West Englewood, Chicago. Kajuan Raye was standing at a bus stop, when the sergeant approached him because he thought he matched the description of a suspect wanted in a burglary in progress call nearby. Police say Raye ran from the sergeant, causing him to give chase. The sergeant told investigators the teen turned around two times and pointed a gun at him. The alleged weapon has yet to be found. The officer fired at the teen, shooting him in the back. The medical examiner says Raye died from the gunshot wound to the back and ruled his death to be a homicide.
The officer, whose name was not immediately released, has been placed on desk duty and his “officer status” has been suspended. Superintendent Eddie Johnson gave the following statement Saturday:
Based on the little information we know at this point, I have concerns about this incident and feel this decision is in the best interest of the Department and the people of Chicago, as we await a methodical and impartial investigation into exactly what transpired
Raye’s family is “heartbroken that their son is dead at the hands of a police officer who does not value the sanctity of life of Black males,” said a statement from their attorneys, who are launching a private investigation.
A lawyer from the firm representing the family told CNN that there’s no way Raye pointed a weapon at the officer. The firm plans to ask the Cook County attorney to prosecute the officer.