Third of police shootings started with foot chases, Tribune analysis finds
APN 2 cents- Hey, I think Chris Rock covered this quite accurately a few years ago. OBEY THE LAW- DO NOT RESIST-- DO NOT ATTACK POLICE OFFICERS and you won't get your ass kicked. If interactions with police officers are a big part of your life, you may want to take a step back and revamp what you are doing with yourself.
Lvail Smith had just cracked open a can of beer outside a Rogers Park laundromat on the Fourth of July two years ago when a Chicago police tactical officer pulled over his unmarked car and approached him.
Smith, a 45-year-old ex-Marine with a history of mental problems, walked away briskly, ignoring the officer's order to stop. In seconds, the chase was on.
After a short foot pursuit, officers cornered Smith in the backyard of an apartment building, where witnesses said he shouted, "I have a gun!" Three officers opened fire, wounding Smith in the chest, leg and abdomen. The officers appeared stunned upon discovering he was actually unarmed, one witness told investigators.
Smith was one of five people shot by police — two fatally — over that holiday weekend in 2014, and all involved foot chases.
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