Mayoral Candidate Dorothy Brown outlines suggested next steps in shooting death of Harith Augustus
As the Chicago Police Department (CPD) moves forward with the investigation of Saturday’s shooting of Harith Augustus, I’d like to acknowledge the swift actions by Superintendent Johnson and his team by releasing a portion of the body cam video from the fatal incident. There is much more information needed to assess the incident properly.
What this incident highlights, in stark detail, is the lack of trust that exists between CPD and communities of color. While past actions should not be a determinant in this case, we know that a lack of transparency from CPD in the past has led to where we are today.
I offer the following as we move forward:
- I encourage Superintendent Johnson and his team to over-communicate on the progress of this investigation, and host regular press conferences to keep the community updated.
- COPA should be actively involved in communicating with the public as well, so we are all aware that the investigation is open and transparent.
- More details from the body cam video should be released as soon as possible. That includes the body cam video of the officer who first approached Mr. Augustus, as well as that of all other officers on the scene, so that all aspects of the videos can be seen. In addition, the audio of all videos should be released as well.
- The Superintendent should visit the Augustus family to offer his condolences and assure them that there will be a fair and thorough investigation.
As Mayor, I would stand side-by-side with my Superintendent to assure the public that everything possible is being done to conduct a fair, open and transparent investigation. Chicagoans deserve nothing less and expect nothing less.
Statement attributable to, candidate for Mayor of the City of Chicago
July 16, 2018