Transcript raises serious questions on police shooting

Written By By MARY MITCHELL Posted: 10/04/2014, 06:26am

Marlon Horton, 28, was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer outside a CHA building nearly a year ago.

The shooting was captured by a surveillance camera located in the lobby of the building at 1815 W. Monroe.

That surveillance video was posted on the Live Leak website, where it has gotten 119,643 views and generated 2,629 comments.

On Wednesday, lawyers representing Horton’s family plan to distribute transcripts of the 911 calls the officers made after Horton was shot.

According to the transcripts, a dispatcher told the off-duty police officer, identified as Kenneth Walker, to “put a clean dry towel from where ever [Horton] was bleeding” . . . and to “keep him calm.”

But in the critical minutes after Horton was shot, he received no aid of any kind from the officers, according to the video of the scene.

The inaction appears to contradict Chicago Police Department policy.

“As with any shooting, police officers are required to secure appropriate emergency assistance to anyone who is injured, which includes notifying OEMC of the incident and location and requesting EMS,” said Martin Maloney, a spokesman for News Affairs.

Jarrod Horton, the deceased man’s older brother, called the shooting “barbaric” and “cold-blooded murder.”

He has filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Chicago; Walker; security guard Shaquila R. Moore; the Chicago Housing Authority; and the H.J. Russell & Company and Maverick Security Inc.

Attempts to reach Walker and Moore were unsuccessful.

The fatal shot is shocking, but what happens later with a coffee cup carried by Moore shows the callousness of this shooting.

Moore takes the cup of coffee outside the building when she confronts Horton.

When Walker comes outside, the exchange between the officers and Horton heats up.

Moore takes a moment to carefully place her coffee cup next to the building’s glass doors.

The video appears to show that Walker initiated the physical contact that led to a scuffle with Horton. At that point, both officers draw their guns and point them at Horton.

When Horton moves toward Walker, he is shot in the chest and falls to the ground within a few feet of Moore’s cup of coffee.

Moore and Walker immediately get on their phones but neither bends down to check Horton’s injury.

“If this were a white guy drunk and rowdy outside of a Wrigleyville bar, wouldn’t the police have at least put down a towel or jacket or a rag?” said Attorney Jeffrey Granich.

“They gave him nothing. I don’t think anybody who hit a dog on the road would have done that,” he said.

An investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority is pending.

“We have the video and all the documents the Chicago Police Department has,” said Larry Merritt, a spokesman for the agency.

Although protesters often rally after fatal police shootings, those cases usually involve black males and white police officers.

Walker and Moore are black, as was Horton.

This case shows the issue of “excessive force” is not a “black-and-white” issue,” Granich said.

“This is a black-and-blue issue. It’s the way police in this country view African-American men, including African-American police officers, and feel that [black males] require deadly force,” he said.

Jarrod Horton said he believes the police shooting “wasn’t about color.”

“It was about right or wrong,” Horton said.

“They took advantage of a situation that could have happened anywhere,” he said. “They had a gun, and my brother didn’t. It could have been anybody, any color.”

Still, it’s hard to believe that these two black officers would have left a disorderly white man dying on the sidewalk.

At one point in the video, it looks like Moore is about to aid Horton.

But she doesn’t.

Instead, she reaches down and retrieves her cup of coffee.

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