Video shows man shot by police for allegedly fighting with a baseball bat

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CHICAGO -- One of more than 300 videos released by the Chicago Independent Police Review Authority Friday shows police and paramedics arriving on the scene after a CPD detective shot a 25-year-old man in the leg.

WARNING: Video contains graphic content. Viewer discretion advised.

Around 4 a.m. on July 20, 2015, police responded to reports of six males fighting in the street at Clybourn and Halsted.

Dashcam video shows officers arriving on the scene as a man, identified as Zainul Hussein, kneels on the ground near a puddle of blood. Paramedics arrive 14 minutes into the video and begin to treat Hussein’s injuries.

According to police, an officer observed Hussein striking people with a baseball bat and told him to drop the weapon. When he refused, police say, Detective Edward Heerdt feared of the victims’ life and shot Hussein, discharging his weapon twice. Heerdt has been on the force since 1996.

Chicago Police Department Superintendent Eddie Johnson said in a statement that this video and over 300 others were released in an effort to promote transparency.

"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," Johnson said.


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