CHICAGO -- The Independent Police Review Authority, which investigates police misconduct cases in Chicago, released hundreds of video clips and other material from 101 incidents it's investigated on its website Friday.
More than 300 video clips can now be seen by the public. They include shots from police body cameras, dash cams, surveillance videos and cell phones. There are also dozens of 911 audio calls and dispatch requests.
On many of the videos, you can see arrestees being shot or tasered, then laying down in the street. There are also images of police drawing, then firing, their weapons and in some cases -- gathering in numbers to try to keep the peace. So why release all of these videos of cases that are still pending?
IPRA says it’s part of a new police policy to reorganize police infrastructure, rebuild trust and create a new form of transparency.
The video was captured by police dashcams and body cameras as well as bystanders recording on cellphones.
One video shows an officer slamming a woman face-first into the hood of a car during a party in a West Side neighborhood in July 2014. The city recently agreed to pay the woman $50,000 in a settlement.
Another shows the aftermath of a police shooting that injured a man accused of beating someone with a baseball bat.
"The release and availability of this evidence illustrates the challenges our officers face every day when they put their lives on the line to protect the city of Chicago," said CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson in a statement. "I have often said that CPD is only as effective as the faith and trust the community has in it and I believe that this will go a long way in promoting transparency."