Chicago police watchdog group says fatal police shooting from 2012 was unjustified
By Brian Seay
Panzy Edwards, mother of 15-year-old Dakota Bright, holds a photo of her son outside police headquarters in Chicago in December 2015. (Photo: Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune)
In a rare move, a police watchdog group in Chicago announced Thursday that the 2012 shooting of a 15-year-old boy was unjustified.
The Independent Police Review Authority announced the ruling more than a year after the city finalized a $1 million settlement with the family of Dakota Bright, the teenager shot and killed on Nov. 8, 2012 in the city’s Park Manor neighborhood, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Bright was surfing the web with a friend just before the shooting, according to family members. When he headed back to his grandma’s house, that’s when he encountered police. The officer who shot Bright told detectives he and his partner were responding to a burglary call and saw Bright walk into an alley. The officer said he saw a black revolver in the teen’s hand. The officers pursued Bright, who led them on a foot chase.
After yelling “stop, police, drop the gun,” Bright continued to run. The officer said Bright looked back and reached into his waistband, prompting the officer to open fire from 50 feet away, striking the boy