Bodycam video released Sunday shows theof an armed black man in Chicago. The shooting Saturday , and police were unusually quick to release the footage in hopes of defusing the situation.
In the silent police video, four officers approach 37-year-old Harith Augustus on a Southside Chicago sidewalk. He pulls away when one officer tries to grab his wrist, revealing what police say is a semi-automatic weapon on his right hip. An officer opened fire when he appeared to reach for a gun.
"Decision to use lethal force is made in a split second. It is based on the safety of the officer and the surrounding community," Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson said.
People who knew Augustus say he worked as a barber and had a 5-year-old daughter.
Demonstrators converged near the shooting site Saturday, throwing bottles and trash, jumping on a squad car and clashing with officers who responded with batons. There were four arrests and some officers were hurt.
On Sunday, dozens gathered again for a march. Some protesters said Saturday's incident was reminiscent of the deadly policein 2014. McDonald was shot 16 times as he walked away from police and was armed only with a pocket knife. Police video of that incident wasn't made public for more than a year. Three officers are now in an attempt to cover it up; they have pleaded not guilty.
Police say video of Saturday's shooting shows a key difference: Harith Augustus was armed.