by James R. Scott, The Chicago Times

August 3, 2021

CHICAGO — The city of Chicago’s police oversight agency released body camera video of a man being fatally shot by police during a standoff last month in West Garfield Park on Tuesday.

According to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA), the suspect, 34-year-old Klevontaye White, escaped electronic monitoring and was shot and killed in a July 9 standoff with Chicago police, federal marshals, and sheriff’s deputies.  White, who is charged with more than a dozen counts of aggravated sexual assault, was in a black Jeep when he was confronted by federal marshals and Cook County sheriff’s deputies in the 100 block of South Kilpatrick Avenue around 9:40 a.m.  COPA stated that they approached the Jeep and ordered White out, but he refused.  They then requested assistance from Chicago police.

According to COPA, White displayed a gun and three police officers and a marshal opened fire.  White was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital and pronounced dead.  According to Police Supt. David Brown, no officers were shot, but five officers were taken to hospitals for evaluation.  According to CPD, a handgun was recovered at the scene.

Brown stated that it was unclear whether White had fired shots at the officers, though officers on the scene can be heard on the police radio saying shots were fired at them.

During the altercation, a sheriff’s officer radioed that there was a man with a gun inside a Jeep.  Officers were directed to the scene by a police dispatcher, who advised them to “take cover.”

Brown said White was wanted on 15 counts of aggravated sex assault with a firearm and had violated his electronic home monitoring by removing the bracelet.

On December 4, he said, a warrant for his arrest was issued.  Brown also stated that White lived on the street where the shooting took place.

Brown used the incident to reiterate his claim that the Cook County court system is fueling gun violence by releasing people charged with violent crimes on electronic monitoring.

The US Marshals Service was in charge of the investigation into the shooting on Friday morning and COPA was looking into the use of force by three Chicago cops.