City releases videos of Chicago police shootout with Dexter Reed

Dexter Reed is seen on one officer’s body camera footage. (COPA)

CHICAGO — The Civilian Office of Police Accountability released on Tuesday more than 30 videos and other pieces of evidence related to the Chicago police “exchange of gunfire” with Dexter Reed that left the 26-year-old dead on March 21.

The release includes body camera videos from all five officers who, according to officials, stopped Reed in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand for a traffic violation. CWBChicago has posted segments from the five officers’ cameras on Twitter.

In a statement issued Tuesday, COPA said video “appears to confirm that Mr. Reed fired first,” striking an officer, and the other four officers returned fire. The agency said police fired “approximately 96 times over a period of 41 seconds, including after Mr. Reed exited his vehicle and fell to the ground.” Reed’s gun was found on his SUV’s front passenger seat, COPA said.

This video, recorded by a nearby surveillance system, shows the wider picture as police conduct the traffic stop and the shooting unfolds. It appears to show Reed attempting to drive away after firing shots.

The body cameras show the officers approaching Reed’s SUV and ordering him to roll his windows down. The situation escalates as Reed begins to roll his window back up. The officers ordered him to stop and unlock his doors.

“Ok, I’m trying to,” Reed is heard saying in at least one video.

Guns drawn, the officers back away from Reed’s car while continuing to yell commands.

Suddenly, about three shots are heard, followed immediately by round after round of gunfire as police shoot at Reed and his vehicle. One officer, shot in the wrist, falls on a nearby lawn while the others alternately fire shots, radio “shots fired” calls, and scream commands at Reed.

With his SUV apparently blocked in by a parked car and a police unit, Reed emerges from the driver’s seat and walks toward the back of his vehicle.

Officers fire, and he falls to the ground. An officer continues to order the fallen Reed to show his hands as more shots resound.

During a community forum on Monday night, Chicago Police Supt. Larry Snelling told the crowd that rumors spreading on social media were inaccurate, and he promised that the department would provide the public with “context” about what the videos show.

However, the police department said in a statement on Tuesday morning that it “cannot make a determination on this shooting until all the facts are known and this investigation has concluded.”

Reed’s family and their attorneys are expected to hold a press conference midday. COPA

This shooting remains under investigation by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) with the full cooperation of the Chicago Police Department. We

COPA has recommended that CPD relieve the four officers who fired shots of their police powers while the investigation is conducted, COPA’s statement said.

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