Body Camera Footage Appears to Show Baltimore Police Shooting A 17-Year-Old In The Back

Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison addresses members of the press. Photo by the Office of Public Affairs via Flickr.

What’s happening?

Body camera footage released Tuesday shows a Baltimore Police officer shooting a 17-year-old from behind as the teen was running away from him, Cassidy Jensen, Darcy Costello and Alex Mann report for the Baltimore Sun. The teen was brought to the hospital and had surgery on Friday, according to his mother Kieria Franklin, and as of Monday, he was upgraded from critical to stable condition.

What happened before the shooting?

The officer, Cedric Elleby, started to chase the teen through the Shipley Hill neighborhood in Southwest Baltimore last Thursday after he noticed a “bulge near his waistband,” police said. In the video, Elleby tells the teen to stop running and to drop his weapon. Elleby then fires four shots from behind the teen, injuring the teen with at least one gunshot wound. The video shows the teen carrying and discarding something, which police said was a handgun with an extended magazine. 

Witnesses at the scene also said the teen was shot in the back, but police commissioner Michael Harrison said the specifics of the injury are unclear without a medical report or statement from Elleby.

Anything else I should know? 

Baltimore Police’s Special Investigations Division is investigating the shooting, alongside the State’s Attorney’s Office. Elleby has also been placed on administrative leave per department protocol. 

You can read more here. 

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