A Chicago police officer who said he shot and killed a black man this week after the teenager pointed a gun at him has been relieved of his police powers, the Chicago Police Department said Saturday.
The sergeant involved in the shooting told investigators that Kajuan Raye, 19, twice pointed a weapon at him, but no gun has been found in the evidence gathering, the department said.
“Based on the little information we know at this point, I have concerns about this incident,” police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said.
Johnson said that a preliminary report from the medical examiner’s office, which determined Raye had been shot in the back, also figured into his decision to take the officer’s gun and badge away.
The city’s Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the shooting. Police have not released the sergeant’s name.
Raye’s death comes after months of heavy scrutiny of the department over cases of alleged overreach in officer-involved shootings.
Police have said the sergeant was called to an intersection near Ogden Park in south Chicago late Wednesday about a report of a “battery in progress.”
Kajuan Raye was a "fun-loving and happy kid who had a bright future," his family said.
Kajuan Raye was a “fun-loving and happy kid who had a bright future,” his family said.
When the sergeant approached Raye, who the officer said matched the description of a suspect, Raye ran and the sergeant chased him, police said.
“The sergeant then told investigators that the offender turned and pointed a weapon in the direction of the sergeant on two separate occasions during the pursuit,” Johnson said.
Investigators searched, but did not find a weapon, the superintendent said.
There is video that shows Raye running, but the officer chasing him is out of the cameras’ view and the footage does not show the shooting, CNN affiliate WLS reported.
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