No charges for Chicago cop in black man's death

Posted at 11:59 AM, Dec 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-07 12:59:38-05

CHICAGO (AP) -- A Chicago police officer will not be charged in the fatal shooting of a black man in an incident captured by a squad car's dashcam.

Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Monday that she's not charging Officer George Hernandez in the shooting death of Ronald Johnson III in October 2014. Hernandez is the second police officer to be charged in less than two weeks in connection with officer involved shootings recorded by squad car dashcams.

Last month, Alvarez charged Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times.

Police say the 25-year-old Johnson pointed a gun at officers before Hernandez shot him in the back. Johnson's mother, who has been pressing the city to release the video, says it shows her son was running away from officers when he was shot.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the video should be released this week.