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Court order prohibits COPA from releasing video in shootout at Northwest Side police station

Lovelle Jordan, 25, is facing six counts of attempted murder in connection with the July 30 incident.

Chicago police officers gather outside the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., after at least three officers were wounded there Thursday morning.
Chicago police officers gather outside the 25th District police station, 5555 W. Grand Ave., after officers were shot outside the station July 30, 2020.
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The Civilian Office of Police Accountability announced Thursday it is barred from releasing video and other “materials” in connection with a gun battle that left a suspect and several officers wounded at a Northwest Side police station over the summer.

In a statement, COPA, which received a court order prohibiting it and other entities from releasing the footage and other items tied to the July 30 incident, cited “the pendency of the criminal matter.”

“COPA remains committed to transparency and conducting a full investigation into the officer’s use of force to determine if they were in accordance with Department policy and training,” the agency said.

COPA, which investigates shootings involving Chicago police officers, is required to release video relevant to an investigation within 60 days of the incident.

The court order prohibiting the agency from releasing video of the shooting isn’t unusual, and happens in every case where a person is shot by police, survives and is eventually charged.

Lovelle Jordan, 25, is accused of opening fire at officers as he sat in the back seat of a police vehicle using a handgun he kept hidden when he was taken into custody for allegedly getting into a stolen Porsche in Austin.

In addition to an officer who was shot, two other officers suffered less serious wounds: One was shot in his protective vest, but the bullet didn’t penetrate; the other officer was wounded in the hip. Two other officers were taken to a hospital for chest pains.

Jordan was shot multiple times when officers returned fire, and is paralyzed from the chest down, Cook County prosecutors said.

Jordan has been charged with attempted murder, possession of a controlled substance, unlawful use of a weapon, possession of stolen vehicle, being an armed habitual criminal, and two misdemeanor counts of resisting arrest.

Contributing: Sam Charles