Video released of Pilsen shooting that led to charges against CPD officers

CPD shooting on West 18th Street injured bystander

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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
Video released of CPD shooting that led to charges against 2 officers
Video was released Tuesday in a Pilsen police shooting that injured two people. Two Chicago cops now face felony charges in that July shooting.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Video was released Tuesday of a police shooting that injured two people in Pilsen. A police sergeant and an officer both face felony charges in that July shooting.

The officers were not wearing body cameras, but video released by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability from a camera on the street appears to contradict the officers' initial statements that they were fired upon first.

In the video, Miguel Medina, 23, in the white hoodie is seen walking west on 18th Street with a bottle and a cell phone in his right hand just before 7 a.m. on July 22, 2022.

He's trailed by a male juvenile, who prosecutors say had a gun in a satchel.

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In a nearby, unmarked CPD vehicle is Sgt. Christopher Liakopoulos and Officer Ruben Reynoso, who were headed to a training course when they stopped to confront a group on the street.

Medina and the juvenile approach the cops before the juvenile stops and turns to leave. Medina appears to show his hands to the officers, who then both open fire.

Eyewitness News has frozen the video before Medina is hit, and falls to the ground.

Seconds later, Reynoso and Liakopoulos are out of the car returning fire after prosecutors say the juvenile shot at them. A bystander is grazed in the leg.

Another camera captured the sound of gunfire: first, the shots that hit Medina, and then the shootout between the officers and the juvenile.

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As Medina lie wounded in the lower back and leg, a man who says he's Medina's brother approaches.

"He's suffering, man," he tells the officers on the scene.

A total of five minutes pass before paramedics arrive, during which time the video does not show Reynoso or Liakopoulos rendering aid.

Medina is arrested and charged with aggravated battery on a peace officer, even though the report says he's unarmed. The charge was later dropped.

And in the after-action report, both officers said the* were fired upon first - a claim prosecutors say is contradicted by the video.