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CPD Officer Fatally Shoots Man In South Shore

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Harith Augstus

Protesters marched in the South Shore neighborhood Sunday after Chicago Police fatally shot a local barber Saturday evening.

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Protests erupted in the South Shore neighborhood Saturday night after Chicago police shot and killed an African American man in the street.

Authorities said 37-year-old Harith Augustus showed “characteristics of an armed person.” He was shot after a brief scuffle with officers on foot patrol and died at Jackson Park Hospital about 5:50 p.m.

South Shore residents told reporters the man went by “Snoop” and was a longtime barber in the neighborhood. They described him as “respectful” and “family-oriented.”

Officers recovered a weapon and several magazines of ammunition at the scene. According to police, Augustus had a valid FOID — or Firearm Owners Identification — card, but not a concealed carry license.

Less than 24 hours after the shooting, the police department released an edited 45-second video of body cam footage of the incident. There is no audio and officers’ faces are blurred.

Video of confrontation between police and Mr. Augustus at 71st and Jeffery. — Anthony Guglielmi (@AJGuglielmi) July 15, 2018

The Morning Shift talks to two reporters who covered the fatal shooting and its aftermath, a criminal justice reporter who puts the shooting in context and a protester from South Shore.

GUESTS: Nader Issa, Chicago Sun-Times reporter

Lee Edwards, Block Club Chicago reporter

Patrick Smith, WBEZ criminal justice reporter

Charlene Carruthers, national director for Black Youth Project 100


Fatal police shooting of Harith Augustus leaves community in anger, anguish, searching for answers (Chicago Sun-Times 7/15/18)

‘Traumatized’ Protesters Recount Clashes With Cops Following Shooting Of Harith Augustus(Block Club Chicago 7/16/18)

Violent clash between officers and crowd after fatal police shooting in South Shore(Chicago Tribune 7/15/18)

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