Chicago releases trove of videos of police shootings

2016-06-03 22:05
In this April 30  2012 video frame grab provided by the IPRA, Chicago police fire shots at a vehicle. (AP)

In this April 30 2012 video frame grab provided by the IPRA, Chicago police fire shots at a vehicle. (AP)

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Washington - The beleaguered US city of Chicago, struggling to rebuild trust with its citizens following a police shooting scandal, on Friday released material from more than 100 active investigations of police conduct.

The city said the trove of videos, audio recordings, and written reports represent the totality of all open cases by the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), the city's investigative body in charge of police oversight.

Sharon Fairley, the head of IPRA, cautioned at a Friday press conference that the material being released may not convey all the facts in each case. "I urge you to please keep this in mind," she told the gathered news media.

A majority of the cases are labelled "firearm discharge", meaning an officer-involved shooting.

IPRA has faced criticism for being too slow to act on police abuse allegations, including in the case of Laquan McDonald. The 17-year-old was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer, who is now charged with first-degree murder.

Charges in the case were not filed until more than a year after the incident.

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