Chicago prosecutor releases video of cop killing Ronald Johnson; no charges filed

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CHICAGO (AP) – The State’s Attorney’s Office has shown a video of a white Chicago police officer fatally shooting a young black man, the second such video to be released in as many weeks.

The video’s release Monday follows an effort by the family of 25-year-old Ronald Johnson III to force the city to make public the video that they say shows an officer shooting him in the back. 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. Less than two weeks ago another officer was charged in the fatal shooting of a black man recorded by a squad car dashcam.

Nearly two weeks ago, the city released a video that shows the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Officer Jason Van Dyke has been charged with first-degree murder.

Police say Johnson pointed a gun at police before Hernandez killed him. Johnson’s mother says her son was running away from police when he was killed.