Family Of Man Shot In Back Wednesday Demands Police Transparency

Mike Krauser
June 09, 2018 - 2:36 pm
Maurice Granton

WBBM Newsradio/Mike Krauser

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Attorneys representing the family of a 24-year-old Chicago man who was shot in the back by a police officer on Wednesday night are demanding transparency.
Police tweeted a picture of a gun said to be found at the scene on 47th street, as well as video shot earlier that the department said showed Maurice Granton holding a gun sometime before he was shot in the back while he was running from police. 

“It’s extremely disturbing for the Chicago Police Department to have released evidence from the scene to justify the narrative that they’ve released of an armed confrontation,”
said one of his attorneys, Antonio Romanucci. “If they’re going to release evidence as freely and make it accessible to the public via Twitter, then we demand full transparency." He spoke with others outside police headquarters.

He said he wants the police department to release any body-cam, pod-cam, dash-cam or private video that exists.  

He added that there were many witnesses at the scene who said Granton did not have a gun when he was shot in the back.

Asked if he believes police could have planted the gun, Romanucci said, “the answer is yes, I do believe that could happen because I’ve actually proven that in other cases with the city of Chicago.” 

Police also released video, shot sometime before the incident, that they said shows Granton holding a gun. 

Granton had been in the hospital days before with a graze wound to his head and police said he wasn’t cooperating. 

The mother of Granton’s two children, who are 7 months and 18 months, also spoke on Granton's behalf. She said he was a good man.