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Chicago cops cleared in racially charged shooting that sparked huge protests in Mount Greenwood

June 19, 2019

More than two years after Chicago police officers shot and killed an African American man in a majority white neighborhood — one that’s home to scores of police officers and firefighters — the city’s police oversight agency found the use of deadly force in the “racially tinged confrontation” was within CPD policy.


The Civilian Office of Police Accountability has cleared CPD Officer Joseph Treacy and Sgt. Thomas Derouin of wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of Joshua Beal on West 111th Street in Mount Greenwood in 2016.


“A reasonable officer in Officer Treacy’s position would have believed the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or another given that Joshua Beal pointed a gun at Officer Treacy and others,” COPA found in a recent report.



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