Anthony Alvarez, 22, was shot and killed by Chicago, Illinois, police officer in March 2021.
Police pulled his car over for a traffic violation. Alvarez got out of the car and tries to escape. Police officer allegedly noticed a gun in his hands. The officer told Alvarez to put the gun down and shot him. Alvarez died in a hospital of injuries.
Authorities posted on social media a photo of the weapon they said they found at the scene. The Civilian Office of Police Accountability and the District Attorney’s Office launched an investigation into the incident.
In April 2021 footage from the officer’s body camera was released and Alvarez’s family said they wanted to get justice for him. In July 2021, the police officer who shot Alvarez was stripped of his police powers. In March 2022 Cook County State’s Attorney announced that police officer who shot Anthony Alvarez will not face criminal charges.
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“They said the day before that he had already fled from police in his vehicle. Why didn’t they run the plates and try to get a warrant for his arrest? Why did they have to go to that extent and shoot him?” Alvarez’ cousin said.
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“But I know what I saw,” attorney who represents Alvarez’s family, said after viewing the video of the incident. “And I saw a Chicago police officer shoot their son as he ran away from them.”
The initiative group has requested the clarification from US President Joseph Biden and Attorney General Merrick Garland. The initiative group believes it is important to fight against police brutality and, if necessary, will provide legal and financial assistance to the family of the victim.