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Protests Erupt After Chicago Police Fatally Shoot Man Identified As Local Black Barber

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Protests after poice shooting of uarmed manAn intense protest broke out in Chicago on Saturday evening after a police officer fatally shot a man whom officers said appeared to be armed.

Chicago police officers on foot said they observed a man “exhibiting characteristics of an armed person,” Anthony Guglielmi, the Chicago Police Department’s chief communications officer, said in a statement shared on Twitter.

The officers reported they “saw a subject that they thought might have been armed around his waistband,” Police Chief Fred Waller said at a press conference late Saturday. Officers approached the man, who became combative and tried to push the officers’ hands away. The man began “flailing and swinging” at the officers, Waller said, and as he tried to escape, he appeared to reach for his weapon, which prompted the officer to shoot. Waller described it as a “semi-automatic weapon” and said he had “magazines” on him.

While police have not publicly identified the victim, Black Youth Project 100, an activist organization based in Chicago, said he was Harith “Snoop” Augustus, an African-American barber and father. Black Youth Project interviewed one of Augustus’ friends at the barbershop, who said he was a quiet and good man. The Chicago Sun-Times also identified the man as a barber known as Snoop.


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