Officer who fatally shot 19-year-old Kajuan Raye relieved of police powers

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CHICAGO — The Chicago police officer involved in the fatal shooting of 19-year-old Kajuan Raye been relieved of his police powers pending the completion of the Independent Police Review Board’s case.

That means the officer is on desk duty plus the suspension of his police officer status, a CPD spokesman said.

“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,” said CPD Supt. Eddie Johnson said in a statement Saturday.

On Wednesday night in West Englewood, Raye led police on a foot chase when they tried to talk to him at a bus stop. Police say he matched the description of a suspect in a battery report.

Officers say Raye turned and pointed a gun at them, twice. The second time, they shot and killed him.

No gun was found at the scene.

Activists met at the CPD’s 7th District to voice their concerns Saturday.

“We feel like shoot people first and ask questions later is what is happening. This young man didn’t deserve to die–he was somebody, he did not deserve to die,” said Pastor Gregg L. Greer, SCLC-Chicago president.

The activists were upset to learn that 7th District officers aren’t yet equipped with body cameras. Englewood will be part of the second phase of the rollout and get them next year along with the 11th District.

The entire department won’t have them until 2018.

The CPD has yet to get back to WGN about which districts have the body cameras already.


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