Chicago officials have released body camera footage of the fatal police shooting of 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez. The city’s police oversight agency released several videos of the shooting Wednesday and recommended the officer be relieved of his duties while a use-of-force investigation continues.
Alvarez was shot during a foot pursuit from police on March 31. In the video, officers can be heard ordering him to drop a gun as Alvarez attempted to run away. Video from a doorbell camera at a nearby home appears to show Alvarez with a gun in his right hand. An officer fires his weapon several times, killing Alvarez.
The officers at the scene call for backup and begin administering first aid to Alvarez. One officer says, “Stay with me, man. Stay with me.”
After the shooting, police shared a photo of a firearm recovered at the scene. The officer who shot Alvarez has been identified as Evan Solano, 30, who has spent more than six years with the city’s police department.
Earlier Wednesday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the chase began as a traffic violation. “We can’t live in a world where a minor traffic offense results in someone being shot and killed,” Lightfoot said. “That’s not acceptable to me, and it shouldn’t be acceptable to anyone.”
The mayor has called for reforms to the Chicago Police Department’s Adam Toledo. She reiterated this in a joint statement with the Alvarez family.following the fatal police shooting of 13-year-old
“This tragic event provides further motivation for the expediency for reform to the City’s foot pursuit policies,” the statement said. “We ask that all continue to respect the Alvarez family’s right to privacy as they grieve during this incredibly painful time.”
Colleen Connell, the executive director of the ACLU’s Illinois chapter, called for transparency throughout the investigation and said Chicago residents deserve “meaningful changes to policing.”
“They deserve a new policy on foot pursuits that is informed by community voices and driven by community needs – and one that actually results in changes in how police officers treat human beings,” Connell said in a statement. “This is but one step in creating a Chicago Police Department that serves all Chicagoans, including Black and Brown people.”
Before the video was released to the public, Alvarez’s family reviewed footage of the shooting with officials. “I want more answers,” said his mother, Veronica. “The videos I saw don’t explain what I saw in the morgue.”