A Chicago police officer Evan Solano, who fatally shot a man in March has been dismissed from his position after 3-months of the internal investigation.
COPA (Civilian Office of Police Accountability) released police body camera footage of the incident in April, which showed Alvarez fleeing when officers approached him and a foot pursuit ensued. In the video, Alvarez is seen fleeing from officers with what appears to be a weapon in his hand. A firearm was recovered from the scene, according to the CPD Tactical Response report.
Solano's body camera video shows a foot pursuit during which the officer can be heard shouting before he pulls the trigger.
"Drop the weapon! Drop the weapon,"
Alvarez appears to drop the gun after five shots and he falls to the ground.
In April 28 press release, the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) later identified officer Evan Solano as the person who shot the victim Anthony Alvarez and suggested Chicago Police Department (CPD) that the officer who discharged his weapon should be relieved of police powers during the pending investigation. However, Chicago Police Department did not respond.
While talking to ABC News, Anthony's Cousin, Roxana Figueroa said,
"We're hoping that with this video that they came out and everything that happened with Anthony, this man finally gets arrested,"
On the other hand, John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Police Union, criticized the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) report and said,
"The rules of engagement are clear and this officer followed them,"
On Tuesday, Chicago PD announced that they are stripping Officer Solano of his Police powers.
Although Superintendent David Brown did not explain why they waited more than two months to announce this when the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA) suggested it in April. The Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesperson Tom Ahern told the reporters that the decision was made after COPA provided them with sufficient additional information.
John Catanzara, president of the Chicago Police Union could not be reached as he did not pick up his phone to comment.
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