Dakota Bright, 15, was running from police officers in 2012
when they fatally shot him in the back of the head. Five years
after his death, Chicago’s Independent Police Review Board
(IPRA), which was established to serve as a check on the city’s
law enforcement, found
the cops weren’t justified in killing Bright
.

The cop claimed he shot the teenager because he thought he was
reaching for a gun. Although police found a weapon nearby
it wasn’t on Bright. The IPRA determined that Bright’s death
was “unwarranted” and “unprovoked.”

Their findings come as a slight surprise considering the
board has only deemed six other shootings — of the
hundreds its investigated — as unjustified in its 10 year
existence.

While the IPRA was founded to hold cops accountable, civil
rights lawyers are wary of the limited number of instances the
organization have held police accountable. The Chicago
Tribune
notes that
five of those instances
in which the IPRA found police to
be in the wrong occurred over the course of the last two years.

Coincidentally, 2015 was also the year a judge demanded Chicago
mayor Rahm Emanuel
release the tapes of the Laquan McDonald shooting
. The
IPRA determined that the officer who shot Bright lacked
credibility as his recollections of the shooting were
inconsistent. They also suspected the other officers present at
the scene had too much time to collectively fabricate a false
recollection of events. The officers present at the scene were
all friends with the cop in question.

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is expected to
review the IPRA’s findings. The cop will only face the
possibility of termination if Johnson agrees with the IPRA’s
findings.

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