Anthony Alvarez Wiki – Anthony Alvarez Bio
Anthony Alvarez was a Chicago man, who was shot dead by police last month is calling for peace as the city prepares to release a video of the incident.
Surveillance video from outside the home where Alvarez was shot appeared to show him stumble as he rounded the corner from the alley to the residential street.
In the seconds following, the video shows Alvarez appears to have a gun in his right hand just before the officer opened fire. The gun appears to fall out of Alvarez’s hand near the steps of a home as he was shot.
He was 22-year-old.
Video released Wednesday morning shows a Chicago police officer fatally shoot Anthony Alvarez as he ran from police with a gun in his hand in the Portage Park neighborhood.
A Chicago police officer yells “Drop the gun! Drop the gun!” before firing five shots from close range, according to the police bodycam video released by the city’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which investigates police shootings.
Anthony Alvarez, 22, collapses onto the front sidewalk of a home on the 5200 block of West Eddy Street in the early-morning hours of March 31.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot Wednesday morning called for peace ahead of the expected release of video showing a Chicago cop fatally shooting 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez. https://t.co/aWknEL57yr
— Chicago Sun-Times (@Suntimes) April 28, 2021
A gun can be seen in Alvarez’s right hand in the footage captured by the body camera of the officer who pulled the trigger.
A camera mounted to the home feet from where Alvarez collapsed shows a gun fall from his hand as he fell to the pavement.
“Why are you shooting me?” Alvarez asks the officer.
“You had a gun,” said the officer, who then tells his partner to place handcuffs on Alvarez.
“No, I’m going to render aid,” his partner says before applying a tourniquet and administering chest compressions.
The video doesn’t show Alvarez pointing a gun at the officers in pursuit.
Alvarez was wounded twice, once in the right side of his back with an exit wound in the upper right chest, and once in his right thigh, according to a police document released Wednesday. Alvarez was pronounced dead at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
CPD and COPA said Alvarez ran off as tactical officers approached him at a gas station, leading to a foot chase. What the officers wanted from Alvarez wasn’t disclosed.
However, at an unrelated news conference, before the video was released, Mayor Lori Lightfoot referred to it as “a minor traffic offense,” saying: “We can’t live in a world where a minor traffic offense results in someone being shot and killed. That’s not acceptable to me and shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone.”
COPA said it has recommended the officer who shot Alvarez be relieved of police powers during the investigation.
Police Supt. David Brown said Wednesday at a news conference following the release of the video that he hadn’t been notified of the COPA recommendation.
Brown will have 90 days to decide whether he agrees or disagrees with the recommendation, at which time he must share his decision with the police board, which will ultimately decide the officer’s face.
Brown declined to share additional details of the shooting, what led to it or his thoughts on it, saying it was important he refrain from sharing his opinion so COPA could conduct a “clean and clear” investigation.