Chicago Police have launched an investigation after a police officer seemed to be sleeping on the job on the Southwest Side in a video posted to Facebook.
In the video — shot in broad daylight at 63rd and Campbell streets — a man first pans to the intersection, then walks up to a police SUV to tape the officer.
“People get shot and killed at all the time. They just killed some shorty not too long ago,” the man says, narrating the video.
“Took his f—— phone and f—— life right there. I guess that’s what this young guy right here is supposed to be doing,” he says while walking to the SUV.
In the video, the officer appears to be sleeping, with his sunglasses and police vest on. He doesn’t budge when the man comes closer to the SUV to continue his recording.
The video was posted on Friday and has been viewed more than 720,000 times. It has been shared more than 25,000 times.
On Tuesday, the Chicago Police Department said it’s investigating.
“We are already aware of this video and this matter is under investigation, which may result in disciplinary action. From all appearances this incident is not in keeping with the high expectations placed on our officers by this department and the residents of Chicago — which is unacceptable,” spokesman Martin Maloney said in a statement.