Chicago PD Releases Video Which Shows 'Unarmed Black Man' Draw Gun On Cops

Chicago PD has released the bodycam footage showing the shooting of Harith Augustus.

Chicago, IL - Chicago PD has released bodycam video on Sunday of the fatal officer-involved shooting of Harith Augustus (below.)

The shooting happened in the area of 71st St and Chappel Ave at around 5:30 p.m. Saturday night.

Chicago PD Chief of Patrol Fred Waller said Saturday that officers were working foot patrol when they spotted Augustus, who appeared to be carrying a firearm.

The officers confronted the suspect, who then became combative. As the suspect fought with officers, he flailed away from them.

The newly-released video clearly shows that Augustus had a pistol and magazines holstered on his belt.

As Augustus broke free from officers, video shows him drawing his gun as an officer responds by fatally shooting him.

Officers recovered the semi-automatic pistol and loaded magazines from the suspect.

Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Sunday that Augustus had a Firearm Owners Identification card, but not a concealed carry permit.

Supt. Johnson added that the officer who fatally shot Augustus is a male officer, contradicting "witness" reports of a white female officer being the shooter.

Almost immediately following the shooting on Saturday, a large crowd of protesters formed and started threatening to shoot the police.

The crowd spread the story about how a barber named "Snoop" was unarmed and shot in the back as he was walking home from work.

The crowd also created a second narrative where people claimed that Snoop was armed, but they said he had a concealed carry permit.

The crowd started jumping on police cars and clashing with officers.

Many in the crowd threatened police officers, saying that they better not be around come nighttime.

At around sunset, people in the crowd started to throw glass bottles, rocks, and bottles of urine at officers. Chief Waller said three to four officers were injured in the attacks.

Officers responded by ordering the protesters back and taking down troublemakers and people who refused to listen.

One person was arrested and charged with three felonies, and three more were detained and released.

You can see multiple videos from Chicago Sun-Times reported Nader Issa below:

As of the time of this writing, another protest is still scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, despite video showing Augustus being killed while trying to murder police officers.

You can see the bodycam video of the shooting below:

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LEO0301
LEO0301

I am shocked beyond words that people in the community would actually lie about what actually happened. It just goes beyond what those in the Black Lives Matter tell us. Now a serious question - I wonder if stricter federal minority laws could have prevented this needless tragedy? I guess we'll never know....hmm, one other thing - I wonder if the suspect had a better gun retention holster it would have prevented the police from having to shoot him? Just a thought, right @Burgers Allday?

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@LEO0301 Why exactly did you bring Black Lives Matter up, shill? They weren't Involved at all in this.

Righton17
Righton17

Once again a good guy with a gun takes down a bad guy with a gun. He got exactly what he deserved.

Righton17
Righton17

They are always involved in anything that shows a black attacking police as it's they're pushing the hate toward cops and all the racist bullshit that BLM is famous for that gets things started.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Righton17 Always? BLM hasn't demonstrated in a while. They're busy putting monetary support behind political candidates, and winning. Didn't your favorite news network keep you abreast of their actions?

RunCop
RunCop

Police: 1 Lowest common denominator animal thug: 0

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

Grams of meth currently in @RunCop possession: 25

Separate branches in @RunCop family tree: 1

Mackster
Mackster

Fucking animals! Very clean shoot!

Hippygal
Hippygal

If the guy had simply followed the LEO's commands, he would still be alive. It isn't a race thing. It's a stupidity thing. Innocent people obey the law.

RunCop
RunCop

Why are lowest common denominator’s kind so vile and violent?

James Sonny Crockett
James Sonny Crockett

Winning?! AH HAHAHAHAHAHA! Thank you for the laugh...........In another few years, this racist movement will be a footnote on a CNN daily, forgotten by the masses.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@James Sonny Crockett Yes. And the fact that you're laughing shows me that your favorite news network has been lacking on the coverage. I know you've heard of Ocasio-Cortez, correct? Fox News got on her story because she beat out the incumbent old Democratic challenger. But there were a few before her and plenty more to come.

I mean, you can continue laughing and wiping your eyes, or witness the change of the Democratic party into a younger, diverse crowd taking local offices from older democrats and republicans. But I suppose you won't pay attention until November, after mid-terms.

SMOKE6
SMOKE6

Hi_estComnDenomn..the only thing Ocasio-Cortez is doing is proving to the grownup taxpaying middle of this nation (who still pay all the bills) that youthfully ignorant Anarcho-commies are taking over what is left of the Democrat party. This leaves only one alternative...sit it out or cross over and re-elect the man who is rebuilding this nation geopolitically and economically. She, along with Waters and this Chicago lying mob is what will Keep America Great. You think you're winning? In the slanted media narrative, yes. In real life? MAGA!

Dave In Arizona
Dave In Arizona

To those who live in Chicago, "unarmed" means the perp is armed with a handgun only.

gregblue
gregblue

Looks like the Black Lies Mob are at it again protesting a legitimate police officer involved shooting of an "unarmed" black man. When in reality the black thug was armed and was pulling it out to use against the police.

gregblue
gregblue

Who do you think called out this protest? Do not forget Community Agitator Hussein Obama has his anti-American group out there.

Budman
Budman

Race has nothing to do with committing crimes just stupidity!

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@SMOKE6 Do I think I am winning? No. Fortunately I'm in a decent place monetarily and in a pretty much infallible industry to where politics don't hurt or help my bottom line too much.

As far as you sucking Trump off, I believe he sure is doing a great job of shitting on the exact industries he catered to during his election. Farms, steel, coal, and vehicles (very important to the midwest) are all MAGA'ing so hard that they won't ever get the chance to retire.

ServedProudly
ServedProudly

No the Chicago PD did not start this or escalate this. This was started by the actions, rumors and flat out vicious lies of an ungrateful community and irresponsible media who stokes the fires of racism and hate to sell newspapers.

CHARLES KILLER
CHARLES KILLER

YEAH THEY KILL EACH OTHER EVERY NIGHT AND IN THE DAY LITE AS WELL, BUT IF A COP KILLS ONE OF THEM OH BOY THEY GO NUTS LIKE DOG SHIT!, I SAY BRING IN LAW AND ORDER AND TAKE THEM DOWN!, CLEAN UP THE DAMN CITY AND GET THOSE CORRUPT DEM O SCUM LIBERAL GOVERNMENT ASS HOLES, ALL THEY WANT IS THE DAMN VOTE....

lolamae
lolamae

I guess officers should just let a perp shoot them, but dare not shoot back because of the ignorant BLM who think cops should be killed and criminals should be able to rob assault kill etc. What a messed up world it has become thanks to the last administrations attitude towards cops. Yes it is Obama and his throwing out the attitude that got this in a much worse way.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@lolamae

  1. BLM has nothing to do with this
  2. Obama has nothing to do with this. In fact, police death dropped steadily during his presidency.
  3. Quit lying.
Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn

  1. BLM may have stepped out of the protesting game for the large part but to deny that they are the root of the modern protesting movement would be short-sighted. Whether or not that group is involved they stoked the fire and "BLM" will forever be associated with this type of behavior (which is why they stopped doing this I assume). So the term BLM is now used generically, like the term "Kleenex" to refer to all tissue. It's just the way it is. They might do well to change their group name!

  2. Obama has EVERYTHING to do with this! From the way his DOJ approached policing and police officers to his own actions or inactions regarding same, he spread a clear anti-cop rhetoric. The reason police death fell during his presidency (if accurate) would have more to do with the previous adminstration. Things like societal attitude shift takes significant time to occur. We are seeing the major effects of his presidency, as related to this issue, continuing to evolve (or more correctly devolve).

Eddied1954
Eddied1954

Sorry Lolamae, I voted for mr obama and he did nothing for our community of color for which he could have been our greatest ambassador! Police officers being killed in the line of duty tripled during his presidency and his disloyalty to all of us and to those who serve us directly and indirectly caused the Major decline in Police respect and law & order? Check the statistics before calling or saying someone is a liar as that is what causes dissension among the citizenry! Please understand that I Know there are Bad Cops out there But the % is extremely low compared to those who are honest, caring, put their lives on the line and truly want to clean up our city a our community for those of us who live here!!

Pulpfriction01
Pulpfriction01

Police deaths have steadily declined since the 1970's. I would have expected the numbers to rise a bit the past few years, but they have remained stable. Which means 2 things.

Not only is the media over covering people of color being killed by police, but they are also pushing coverage of officers killed in the line of duty, especially if it can be related to civil unrest. If you talk to the public, they believe bpolice are killing minorities at an ever increasing rate. And if you talk to police, they believe officers are being killed at a higher rate. The only real effect they are having on statistics right now is public perception.

Radicon71
Radicon71

Could they let him run? Could they just let him go? He wasn't doing anything wrong EXCEPT carrying a firearm ILLEGALLY. But did they know? Bottom line is just conform to the law. I got pulled over few weeks ago, gave the trooper my license and conceal carry permit. He asked if I had a weapon. My answer was yes in my passenger seat. He didn't ask to see it, told me to stay put, went to his car to run my license then came back and ask me to slow down. Never was my weapon in question. The police are good by far. The people who are bad cause conflict with cops and community. I respect them. I feel safe even when (and I always do) have a weapon in my possession when confronted by a law officer. Thanks BLUE GUYS for what you do.

cclaxton
cclaxton

What were his priors? And, what do people know about his character?

gfc1963
gfc1963

Who cares?? He was carrying a gun illegally , fought the police, and showed off hs gun to the police. What were the police supposed to do?

RocKo
RocKo

Get em Blue put all these thugs down

AZBIGDOG
AZBIGDOG

So, how about all those morons that rioted and blamed the Officer for the shooting of that thug? Makes me wonder if that clown calling himself a reporter was actually just stirring feces to try and get better headlines. All his reporting was wrong and did nothing but anger people who have no clue and nothing better to do than hang around and blame police for their worthless lives. You reach for a firearm, carrying legally or illegally and try to draw it while physically resisting arrest by officers, you deserve a few extra holes in you. You made the choice not the officers.

qazwiz
qazwiz

QUOTE This is also the start of where I get shoved to the ground. UNQUOTE

NO, your own video shows the police repeatedly told you (and others) to "back up!"

what kind of an idiot ignores police orders to stay away? Oh, that's right, LIBTARDs

Bob1169
Bob1169

Where a all the protest when a black on black murder takes place in Chicago?

Rational human being
Rational human being

I'm not even gonna get into how biased this whole article is, but first of all, why did they stop him? Because to just roll up on someone and start a confrontartion when they're not commiting any crimes or even looking like they are is looking for a fight. But wait, why am I telling y'all this. Looking at the "Fresh COnversations, thers is already someone using the term "These Blacks". Yeah, y'all need to go join the Nazi parades, you're well on your way anyway. And the first one of you to drop a dearth threart in my mailbox is invited to come see me in the ring. Open a book and grow the fuck up.

Rational human being
Rational human being

Even watching the video should show you biased idiots something simple: They swarmed and surrounded him, attacking him from multiple directions and drew weapons well before he ever did, therefore he drew in SELF DEFENSE! But that doesn't matter to Nazis. Y'all will make any fucking excuse, including the already old, tired, and bullshit claim of Black on Black crime when it's COMPLETELY IRRELEVANT. If you're one of those people, reconsider yourself because you're part of the problem and will be why this country goes to war with itself. If you have a problem with that, fact, solve yourself. And grow the fuck up.

Also, AZBIGDOG, WHy was he being arrested? WHat crime was he commiting? What was he suspected of? They made the choice to go after him and he tried to defend himself. And we all know what "thug" means in Nazi language, just call him a nigger like you want to so you can quit hiding behind your thin little veil.

Rational human being
Rational human being

Know what, I'm wasting my time talking to idiots who spend their time trying to shore up their biases by joining sites like this to bolster their preconviced notions. I seincerly hoope everyone one of you loses a friend to a cop and has a mind-altering crisis of faith in your bullshit. Meanwhile, I'm gonna go let your daughter chokes herself on this dick, understand that all of your racist fucks are well on your our way out. Out of OUR country, our of OUR gene pool and off of OUR planet.

Ladyfluterby
Ladyfluterby

Rational human beings, please go back and carefully read the article. It clearly states in paragraph 3 that the officers who tried to stop him "were walking foot patrol and observed him to be carrying a gun. Considering Chicago has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation it's common sense that they would stop him.

You complain about someone referring to the protesters as "these blacks" and state " y'all need to go join the Nazi parades, you're well on your way anyway." Your no better then the person who made the generality about blacks. What gives you the right to ASSume that LEO's are Nazi's for enforcing the laws that the City of Chicago enacted?

Your observations about the video are complete fantasy. He was given a lawful order from a police officer and he CHOSE to not follow it. Why did he choose not to follow the order? Because he was carrying the gun in VIOLATION of the law. Plain and simple if he had followed the law and obeyed the directions of the officers he would be alive today. It was his CHOICE to run away and pull his gun and he lost his life for it. Why is it so hard for certain people to just follow the direction of police officers?

Your constant reference to LEO's as Nazi's is revolting. May I suggest you do a little studying on who and what Nazi's really were. Not what people with an agenda claim they are but who they really were and what they did. Also your refusal to look at black on black crime and acknowledge it is a major problem in Chicago shows your own personal ignorance.

Lastly he wasn't being arrested at the time this happened he was being stopped for questioning. The crime, carrying a concealed weapon. Officers have the lawful right to stop someone and verify that the are legally allowed to conceal carry. He wasn't!

Do yourself and everyone in your community a favor and get educated. Stop spewing the typical ignorant garbage and do something to better your community.

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Rational human being - I know it's easier to work off of emotions rather than actual facts and laws so let me help edumacate you. Here is the law that allowed the Chicago police to stop and legally detain Augustus. "Terry v. Ohio, 392 U.S. 1, was a decision by the United States Supreme Court which held that the Fourth Amendment prohibition on unreasonable searches and seizures is not violated when a police officer stops a suspect on the street and frisks him or her without probable cause to arrest, if the police officer has a reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person "may be armed and presently dangerous."

I also find it ironic you would accuse the commenters on this site of being racist while you write "Meanwhile, I'm gonna go let your daughter chokes herself on this dick, understand that all of your racist fucks are well on your our way out. " Stay classy my friend.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 Bullshit and you know it. Police death has declined for decades. By your logic, President Carter is responsible for reduced police death today since the decline started after his term.

Surprising coming from you that you'd make such an emotional statement based on absolutely no fact or logic.

Chief8433
Chief8433

Police deaths declined due to the use of body armor, better tactics and officer survival training and trauma medicine. Despite population increases since the 1960's, the numbers of people shot by law enforcement has remained relatively constant or declined. What has increased is the felonious deaths versus accidental deaths. While the numbers are small, the felonious assaults are increasing. This guy knew he had a gun. He only had to comply. It is stupidity to reach for a gun when you know what the police reaction is going to be.

pinkejon
pinkejon

While Line of Duty deaths have stabilized some, since 2016, LODD's by firearm have increased. Prior to 2016 the major cause of LODD was automobile deaths. For the 3rd year straight the leading cause of death among LEO's is murder by a firearm. This says a lot about the societal attitude that was pushed by the Previous Administration as well as the media and groups like BLM. TI wont consider LODD deaths "decreasing" until we get BELOW 100 and we have fewer firearm murders of LEO's that any other category. he media has pushed the false narrative of institutional racism as has BLM. When they push a story and they turn out wrong, they rarely follow up with an apology. Not that it matters because the harm has already been done. They should be held accountable for false stories or putting lies out there as facts.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

"Packing heat" while being stupid.

pinkejon
pinkejon

while numbers have maintained in the 110-120s roughly, murders by firearm have taken over as the main cause of police deaths for the last 3 years running. Please explain that. Its very simple, the media narrative has pushed that cops are racist and if you are a minority confronted by the cops you will be shot. This is a patent falsehood. It was perpetuated by President Obama and his cabinet. He openly showed Law Enforcement disdain by inviting BLM leadership to the White House. This is the equivalent of inviting a racist group like the Klan, The New Panthers, or White Nationalists into the White House and gives them the appearance of White House backing or support. When you have an administration that consistently makes statements about racial bias in Law Enforcement, you start an inflammatory response. Especially when there are no credible facts showing racial bias in Law Enforcement. Just a few mentioned in a LA Times article.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@pinkejon it sounds like your solution would be stricter gun control then. correct me if i'm wrong.

and since we're on the subject of presidents promoting racism, i'll use your logic. after endorsing a number of white nationalists running for office, you should also assert that Trump is an open-door racist, correct?

cclaxton
cclaxton

There are some individuals who simply want to protect themselves as they live in some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the US. If they are good people of good character, I sympathize with their situation. However, if carrying illegally, they should not resist arrest or try to draw on police...that is just asking for a shootout. The real problem is the community that spreads false rumors and demonizes the police. That affects an entire community, and not just individuals.

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn I'm replying for myself and @pinkejon (feel free to also add your thoughts Pinkejon!) The discussion was that PJ gave stats about police line of duty deaths and your reply was about gun control. There are so many comments here so context was needed. My response:

Since the guns used to kill these officers were already illegally obtained, how could stricter gun laws (which would only affect law-ABIDING citizens) make a difference?

Mrs10
Mrs10

@Hi_estComnDenomn (who said that my argument about presidential responsibility as re police deaths was surprisingly emotional and lacked logic/reason)

I will concede that I was long on emotion and short on the strictly logic-based analysis I use as a default. The reason? Every night I watch as my husband straps on gun, Taser, handcuffs, baton, bullet-resistant (no vest is bullet "proof"), and badge to leave out our safe home and patrol the unsafe streets. So it's definitely emotional to speak of line-of-duty murders. And I use the word murder purposefully. Line-of-duty deaths are tragic but those are unfortunately reality (car wrecks, accidental, heat/cold related, etc) Iive with.

Hi_estComnDenomn
Hi_estComnDenomn

@Mrs10 I'm holding off on your question because I don't think @pinkejon gets to get off that easily with a subject change.

@pinkejon, you keep mentioning guns are the main cause of police deaths, and you're relating it to this story. However, the average cop killer doesn't look like anyone in this story. the average cop killer, especially for the last handful of years, is a white man in his 30s. If you'd like to see the data, let me know and I'll post it.

Given that the average cop killer isn't urban (white people language for "black"), how did Obama and BLM or any other group you mentioned persuade white men to kill more cops with guns?

I'll also remind everyone reading this that cop deaths due to violence overall are lower and have been dropping for decades. @pinkejon has said that cop gun death is on the rise, something I haven't verified for myself yet.