Chicago police superintendent sees video release as start of more transparent process

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, left, is blocked by three protestors as he tries to deliver a written statement about the recent release of police shooting video to television reporters outside the police department headquarters Friday, Aug. 5, 2016, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Tae-Gyun Kim)

CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Police Department’s superintendent says the release of nine videos in the fatal police shooting of a black 18-year-old is the beginning of more transparent process.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a news conference Saturday afternoon that there are still a lot of questions to answer to build trust between the community and the police department.

The videos released Friday show officers firing repeatedly at a stolen car as it careens down the street away from them and later handcuffing a wounded Paul O’Neal, who was driving the car, after a chaotic foot chase through a residential neighborhood.

Johnson said he was concerned by some of the things he saw on the videos, and that’s why he moved swiftly to relieve the three officers of their police powers.

The news conference came the same day that protesters planned a rally and march over the shooting.

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