Video of fatal Portage Park Chicago police shooting of Anthony Alvarez released

Video of fatal Portage Park Chicago police shooting of Anthony Alvarez released


Video released on Wednesday shows how a 22-year-old Chicago man had his back turned and appeared to be holding a gun when he was fatally shot by a police officer.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and attorneys for the family of Anthony Alvarez had urged for calm ahead of the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability putting out the footage.

One of the clips from an officer’s bodycam shows the cop chasing Alvarez in the early hours of March 31.

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As Alvarez appears to reach the front lawn of a house, the cop shouts “Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” before firing at least five times. 

Police have said Anthony Alvarez was armed when he was shot and killed. Anthony Alvarez was 22 years old at the time of the shooting.GoFundMe

“Why you shooting me?” Alvarez asked as he lay on the ground. The officer responded: “You had a gun.”

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