Bodycam footage released in 2023 shooting of Javontay Kindred by Chicago police

A frame from a Chicago police officer’s body camera footage shows Javontay Kindred running toward an officer with a gun in his hand. The officer, whose service weapon is visible at right, shot Kindred a moment later. (Chicago Office of Police Accountability, Chicago Police Department)

COPA, the city agency responsible for investigating uses of force by Chicago police officers, has released videos and other materials related to the police shooting of an armed man in Little Village last year.

Court orders barred the city from releasing the information while a criminal case was pending against the gunman, Javontay Kindred. Those orders were lifted after Kindred recently pleaded guilty to two felonies in connection with the February 13, 2023, incident.

COPA’s investigation is in its final stages, and it has not announced any conclusions about the shooting.

Last year, officials said two plainclothes Chicago police officers stopped their unmarked Ford Explorer in the 2100 block of South St. Louis at 11:35 a.m. because a car was double-parked with several people standing around it.

One officer allegedly saw an “L-shaped object” in Kindred’s jacket pocket, and the cop asked Kindred to come over to their car, according to the preliminary information. Instead, Kindred ran down an alley, followed by one of the officers. The second officer ran down the street parallel to the alley and encountered Kindred as Kindred cut back toward the street through a vacant lot.

During an initial court appearance last year, prosecutors said police body camera footage shows Kindred pointing the muzzle of the gun toward the officer and running straight at the cop with the weapon in his hand.

The videos released on Wednesday show Kindred running directly at one of the officers with a gun in his hand. The officer’s body camera moves as Kindred approaches, and Kindred is out of frame at times.

Here is a short clip of the shooting officer’s bodycam footage as released by COPA. It does not have audio, but it does show the shooting. You can see the shooting officer’s complete body camera footage here. His partner’s video is here. COPA’s complete release is here.

Kindred pleaded guilty on December 6 to being a felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault of a peace officer with a firearm. Judge Ursula Walowski sentenced him to concurrent four-year terms with 296 days of credit. He is scheduled to be paroled on February 10 of next year.

Prosecutors last year said Kindred was convicted of aggravated robbery in 2017.

In 2015, while in the Cook County juvenile detention center awaiting trial for allegedly attacking a different robbery victim with a hammer, Kindred attacked a youth development specialist, according to the officials. The specialist needed stitches to close a gash over his eye after Kindred punched him in the face three times.

And in April 2021, while on bail for engaging in reckless conduct during the May 2020 riots, Kindred allegedly sped away from Chicago police, striking two squad cars and three other vehicles in traffic. He was charged with felony fleeing and eluding, but prosecutors later dropped the case.

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