The Independent Police Review Authority will release videos, audio recordings and other material from about 100 incidents involving Chicago police on Friday.
IPRA said not all of the videos being released Friday show police shootings or other incidents. Some show officers responding to the scenes or people running away.
The city is releasing the records in an effort to rebuild public trust in the Chicago Police Department. However, the videos could also upset the public – such as the one showing former CPD Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Chicago teen Laquan McDonald 16 times. That video was finally released by CPD last November, more than a year after the shooting took place.
Many called that timeline too long, and called it a cover up. The evidence of the video incited mass protests through the streets of Chicago for weeks.
Now, under a new policy, Chicago will release any videos of a police encounter within 60 days of the incident.
Police are holding a press conference at the Independent Police Review Authority at 10:30 a.m. Friday to talk about the website where these videos will be made available.
Source: ABC 7 Chicago