Chicago police yesterday released bodycam video showing the fatal shooting of 24-year-old Maurice Granton by a Chicago police officer.
Maurice was shot around 8:15 p.m. on June 6 by a tactical officer conducting a narcotics investigation in the area. When the officer arrived on scene, Maurice ran and jumped over a fence. The officer was too out of shape, so instead of chasing the fleeing suspect, he shot him in the back.
The officer then said that Maurice "pulled out a weapon and an armed encounter between the offender and police ensued."
Attorneys for the family said the footage challenges the Police Department’s account of Maurice Granton ignoring orders to stop during a foot chase, pulling a weapon and firing at the officer before he was shot June 6.
Attorney Antonio Romanucci acknowledged that a gun was found at the scene, estimating it was about 20 to 25 feet from Granton’s body, but he said many questions remain about the shooting.
“If you’re a young man in the city of Chicago, do not run from the Chicago police,” he said. “Maurice did not have a weapon in his hand when he was shot.”
The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed that Maurice was shot SOLELEY in the back. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide. His sister, Joanna Varnado, identified her brother's body after he was pronounced dead. She also said he was shot in the back.
No weapon was found at the scene to back up the officer's testimony that Maurice was "armed."
Here is the video - we warn you it is graphic: