A 19-year-old black teenager was shot in the back and killed by a Chicago police officer in the city’s South Side on the night before Thanksgiving.
Kajuan Raye was waiting to take the bus home when he was approached by the officer, who claims he matched the description of a suspect in a ‘battery in progress’ on Wednesday night.
Raye began to run away and the officer chased after him, according to authorities.
The sergeant claimed Raye turned and pointed a weapon at him ‘on two separate occasions during the pursuit’, so he fired multiple shots at the suspect.
Kajuan Raye, 19, was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer on Wednesday night. The officer claims Raye pointed a weapon at him, but no gun has been found
Raye was struck and killed. Police have yet to find any weapon despite searching the area overnight, according to CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson.
‘We were not able to locate a weapon as of yet, ‘ Johnson said on Thursday.
‘There’s still many unanswered questions and we are working diligently to find those answers.’
Ahkeya White, Raye’s cousin, said she is sure he didn’t have a gun.
White said Raye was waiting for a bus home to Dolton with a friend when the officer approached them at the bus stop around 11pm.
The officer told the teens they needed to go to the police car.
White said Raye and the friend then immediately ran off in opposite directions because they were scared at the sight of a cop.
Raye was waiting to take the bus home when he was approached by the officer, who claims he matched the description of a suspect in a ‘battery in progress’. Raye began to run away
The sergeant claimed Raye (pictured here running) turned and pointed a weapon at him ‘on two separate occasions during the pursuit’, so he fired multiple shots at the suspect
‘They don’t look at the police as what’s written on the side of the car, to serve and protect,’ White told WLS.
The officer chose to follow Raye and his friend heard four gunshots, including the one that killed the teen. White said her cousin was also shot in the abdomen.
Surveillance image from a nearby church captured footage of the officer chasing Raye, but does not show the moment the shooting happened.
Raye’s family said he did not own a gun. They plan to ask the Cook County State’s Attorney Office to press charges against the sergeant.
A statement released by the family on Thursday described Raye as a ‘fun-loving and happy kid’ who had a ‘bright future’ ahead of him.
‘The family and friends of Kajuan Raye are heart-broken that their son is dead at the hands of a police officer who does not value the sanctity of life of black males,’ it read.
‘As a city we continue to struggle with police who are afraid of and have deep seeded prejudices against black youth.’
‘The family has retained a very competent law firm to investigate, get answers and hold accountable this officer and Chicago Police Department.’
Authorities have not released the name of the sergeant, who was not injured during the shooting.
Police said he will be placed on administrative leave, per routine in officer-involved shootings, for at least 30 days while Raye’s death is investigated.
The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, which revealed the district the officer worked in does not use body cameras, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Raye was struck in the back and killed. Police have yet to find any weapon despite searching the area overnight, according to CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson
A statement released by the family on Thursday described Raye as a ‘fun-loving and happy kid’ who had a ‘bright future’ ahead of him
Raye’s death comes just two years after Laquan McDonald, 17, was shot and killed by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
McDonald’s death inspired protests across the nation after dashboard-camera footage showed Van Dyke shot McDonald as the teen was walking away from him and then fired 15 more shots into his body.
Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder and has pleaded not guilty. He is awaiting trial.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Eamnuel ordered an overhaul of the Independent Police Review Authority after footage of McDonald’s death was released.
A Police Accountability Task Force found that Chicago police ‘have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color’, according to CNN.
The report found that 74 percent of the people killed by Chicago police officers in the last eight years have been African American.
A probe of Chicago police practices by the US Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division is expected to wrap up in the first months of next year.
Just 24 hours after Raye was killed, another man was shot and killed by a Chicago police officer.
The man had killed one person and injured another early Friday before he was shot by the officer, who had witnessed the shooting in Chicago’s West Side.
A weapon was recovered at the scene. The injured man is in stable condition.
Police tape blocks off the area where the officer shot and killed Raye on Wednesday night