A 22-year-old Chicago man was running away from police with his back turned and a gun in his hand when police shot him dead last month, according to videos released Wednesday by the city’s police surveillance agency.
CCTV footage shows officers ordering Anthony Alvarez to drop his weapon as he tries to escape on March 31. Video from the doorbell of a nearby house shows Alvarez holding a gun. The officer fired several shots at Alvarez.
Officers at the scene demand a copy and begin to provide first aid to Alvarez. An officer says. “Stay with me, man, stay with me.”
Police split after the shooting photo: firearms recovered at the scene. The officer who shot Alvarez is identified as 30-year-old Evan Solano, who spent about six years in the city police department.
The Alvarez family watched the videos before releasing them to the public, and said late Wednesday evening that the footage posed more questions than they answered. They asked what motivated the police to pursue, what crime was committed, they asked why they shot from behind.
“The Alvarez family and their legal team will not rest until these questions are answered and justice prevails,” the family said in a statement.
Earlier Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the chase began as a traffic violation. “We can not live in a world where someone is shot or killed as a result of a minor traffic offense,” Lightfoot said. “It is not acceptable to me and should not be acceptable to anyone.”
The mayor called for reforms in the Chicago Police DepartmentAfter a fatal shooting by 13-year-old Adam Toledo police. He reiterated this in a joint statement with the Alvarez family.
“This tragic event provides further impetus for the City to pursue a policy of repression,” the statement said. “We urge everyone to continue to respect the Alvarez family’s right to privacy as they grieve at this incredibly painful time.”
Colin Connell, chief executive of the ACLU Illinois branch, called for transparency throughout the investigation, saying Chicagoers deserve “significant changes in policing.”
“They deserve a new policy of pursuit of the feet, informed by community voices, guided by the needs of the community, which in fact leads to changes in the way police officers treat people,” Connell said in a statement. “This is a step towards setting up a Chicago Police Department that serves all Chicagoans, including blacks and browns.”
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