VIDEO: Gangbanger's Family Gets Payday After He Points Gun At Cop, Gets Shot

Alfontish Cockerham was shot by police after he pointed a gun at them, but the jury awarded his family $1.3 million.

Chicago, IL – A Cook County jury on Tuesday awarded $1.3 million to the family of an armed gang member who was shot by police in 2015 (video below).

Alfontish Cockerham, 23, was fatally shot by police on June 20, 2015 after he led them on a chase that ended in the 7000-block of South Merrill Avenues, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Police said that Cockerham, a known member of the Gangster Disciples, led police on a chase and turned and pointed a gun at officers before he was shot, according to the initial report given to the civilian review panel.

Surveillance video recovered from the camera of a nearby business showed Cockerham running past the camera on a sidewalk and then doubling back.

The video, which was blurry, appeared to show that Cockerham dropped his weapon as he fled an alley with officers close on his heels.

A split second later, the officer behind him fired his weapon and Cockerham went down between two parked cars.

He died in the hospital a few days later.

Cockerham’s family and community activists raised a hue and cry at the time, and claimed the video showed that Cockerham was on the ground surrendering when he was shot by Chicago Police Officer Anthony Babicz, WLS reported.

However, experts who reviewed the video said that the officer had no choice but to shoot Cockerham after he pointed a gun at them.

"What else should the officer have done? Waited? No, that's ridiculous. The officer acted appropriately," Jeff Cramer, a former federal prosecutor, told WLS.

Cramer said the video showed Cockerham was not shot after he was down on the ground.

"At no other point is he shot on the ground, not happening. It's happening during the chase," he said.

But Cockerham’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the city and Officer Babicz in 2016 that alleged the shooting was unjustified, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Despite the ambiguity of the blurry surveillance video, a jury found in favor of the plaintiffs on Dec. 11, and awarded $1.3 million to the gang member’s family.

“I’m just so glad we have that tape,” his aunt, Laquida Cockerham, told WBBM.

“It meant everything. It’s our word against theirs, but with the tape, it just put the frosting on the cake,” she said.

Cockerham’s family has maintained that there’s no proof he ever pointed a gun at police.

“Nobody saw it. And we took it to a jury just in case we were going blind,” Nenye Uche, the family’s attorney, told WBBM. “The jury has said ‘We don’t care where a person is coming from or what a person has done. We only care about one thing: if you shoot somebody is it justified? Because that’s a human being.'”

A spokesperson for the city of Chicago’s law department said they were disappointed in the verdict and were exploring their options for appeal.

Officer Babicz remains an active member of the Chicago Police Department and has been promoted to detective since the shooting, WBBM reported.

Watch video of the shooting below:

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Sailor
Sailor

Yet another sign of the sorrowful decline of a great nation. Notice there was no mention of appealing this verdict?

Ozzie1
Ozzie1

Oh well, another turd removed from society.

arizonastate42
arizonastate42

Play adult games and get adult prizes...

19JAM56
19JAM56

If you’re a gangster, you should die!

KTCSon-shine
KTCSon-shine

@Sailor They said they are ‘exploring their options for appeal.’ But Chicago’s Cook County? Well good luck with that! Another rotten seed buried.. at least the officer wasn’t killed.

RPG156
RPG156

This... is why... Chicago has reached the point of no return...

stooge819
stooge819

1.3 million is probably equal to what it has and would have cost the state to incarcerate this punk over his useless lifetime. Call it even.

Sandman4x4
Sandman4x4

I've always thought the weak link in our justice system today is the jury by peers. just think about it for a moment, even with the process between the prosecution and defence with picking and choosing jury members. plus you can't take the financial aspects away from the fact folks on a jury must put their lives on hold for very little money! NO! I firmly believe jurors should be paid professionals, members of law enforcement and armed for protection and to protect the integrity of the outcome!

JBo
JBo

Alfontish?

Scrabble?

K9ndn
K9ndn

My son was suppose to go to the university of Chicago for art school. We told the registration office we are pulling him due to the violence and the cop hating attitude of the mayors office.

NomonK
NomonK

Some folk will say award them the money, it's the city and insurance paying it. Who in the hell pays the city and insurance. But these scumbags don't pay taxes anyway they just draw welfare and sell drugs.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Another big win in the game of ghetto lottery. Clearly people still don't know the definition of justified. Sad and disgusting.

Righton17
Righton17

This family will now be going to church to pray and thank the Lord for a job well done.

debs37
debs37

That award is total BS. Why should the family get a stinking penny for that skumbag. the family is the ones that misguided the young person to gangsterism...

JoJoB
JoJoB

As the saying goes. He was worth more DEAD than ALIVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jbp1952
jbp1952

Not the first dumbass jury ever. I have seen several over the years.

Branoli
Branoli

Just imagine what those gang members will be able to do with that $1.3 million. We all know the family will give it up, it is what they do, instead of using it to better themselves and move out of the ghetto.

Jheinz
Jheinz

Cannot see anything in this video which I hope is not the one they based their verdict on? It looks like there were three cops at least who were eyewitnesses so I’m sure they saw what happened.

1_riot_1_ranger
1_riot_1_ranger

A known gang banger, also called a criminal, possessed a gun, pointed it at police and got shot by said police. But I thought by having strict gun laws it would prevent criminals from possessing guns?

dsmarine
dsmarine

May as well go for $1.3 Billion. Makes as much sense to me!

No. 26-30
provguard
provguard

What were the demographics of the jury???

AC1972
AC1972

Unbelievable. Family of POS gets rewarded... place body cans on every single officer.

susoti
susoti

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Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

The lawsuit's contention was that he did not have a gun and the jury apparently didn't believe he had a gun. I don't know why the jury didn't trust the Chicago policemen involved in this case, but the lesson here is clear: get those bodycams on and make sure they are working so that juries have better evidence of violent high stakes encounters. With good video footage, this case probably would have ended long before a jury got involved.

SGT_moore_USA
SGT_moore_USA

The video may as well been thrown out, it shows nothing.