A graphic video has emerged of Chicago police officers executing a black teenager as he fled from them, and the profane comments made by the officers and the violence of their behavior reveal that all the so-called reforms that the city of Chicago has passed has done absolutely nothing to change police culture or to value the lives of black Americans.
“B*tch-ass motherf*cker!” yells one cop as he approaches Paul O’Neal, who is dying on the ground. “Get your hands behind your back. Fucking shoot at us…”
O’Neal was unarmed. The shots they heard were fired by other police officers. O’Neal was caught driving a stolen Jaguar vehicle and led the police on a chase. The officers violated department regulations by firing on a moving vehicle, then pursued him on foot after he bailed.
The officers can be heard telling each other to turn their body cameras off, and the cop who did the shooting announced his has conveniently “malfunctioned.”
The police then desecrated the body after killing him.
“I saw a police officer approach a lifeless O’Neal, face down to the ground, with three or four other officers over his body, screaming at him to put his hands behind his back, run up, stomp him in his back, and then grab his hands very violently, and put him in handcuffs, clearly lifeless” describes one community activist who saw the videos.
“It is one of the most horrific things that I have seen” said the lawyer for O’Neal’s family. Three police officers have been put on “desk duty” while an internal investigation inevitably goes nowhere. It just goes to show that after all the chaos caused by the police murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, nothing has changed, and black men are still being slaughtered on a weekly basis by police officers who have appointed themselves judge, jury, and executioner.
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.