CHICAGO (Reuters) – The fatal police shooting of a black man by Chicago police led to violent clashes on Saturday and more peaceful protests on Sunday, the latest in a string of U.S. police killings that have at times sparked nationwide protests.
Officers armed with batons squared off against about 150 protesters shouting “murderers” and obscenities, with punches thrown on both sides, multiple media accounts said and videos posted on Twitter showed.
Protesters tossed rocks, bottles of water and urine and jumped on police cars on Saturday night near the crime scene, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Three or four officers suffered minor injuries and one patrol car was damaged, and at least four protesters were arrested, officials said.
“The whole situation was difficult for all involved,” he said on Sunday.
Harith Augustus, a 37-year-old black man of Chicago, was identified as the person fatally shot, Cook County authorities said on Sunday, when an autopsy was planned.
Cameras worn by police and on telephone poles captured the incident and showed the man was armed with what appeared to be a handgun, Guglielmi said.
One handgun and two ammunition magazines believed to be Augustus’ were recovered from the scene, police said.
Fred Waller, Chicago police patrol chief, told media officers saw a bulge in his trousers they believed to be a gun. When they approached the man, “He started flailing and swinging away, trying to make an escape.” He said the man “reached for the gun.”
Guglielmi said the crowd was incited by false reports, including that the man was unarmed or had a concealed carry permit.
The man was shot multiple times, Guglielmi said. The officer involved will be placed on desk duty while the incident is investigated.
Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Rich McKay in Atlanta; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Lisa Shumaker