CHICAGO – Lawyers for the family of Ronald Johnson, another African American man killed by Chicago police in October, 2014, are pushing for the release of the police dashcam video of the shooting.
But police and the family have vastly differing accounts.
Chicago police say Ronald Johnson had a gun and posed a threat when he was shot by police officer George Hernandez. Johnson’s family and attorney say the 25-year-old was unarmed and the dash cam video will prove it.
“The city has persisted in covering up the video. The taxpayers have paid for the dash cams,” Johnson family attorney Michael Oppenheimer said.
Oppenheimer says that in October, 2014, Johnson was wrongfully shot and killed at 53rd Street and Martin Luther King Drive.
Police say they were responding to shots fired in Washington Park. Police Affairs say Johnson fled from them with a gun in his hand. But his mom says that’s not possible.
“He wasn’t that type of a kid… He didn’t deserve to be murdered,” said Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes.
Johnson was shot just days before Laquan McDonald was fatally shot by police. That dash cam video was released last week and inspired protests in Chicago.