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Police Board Votes To Reinstate Cop Who Fatally Shot Suspect In 2012

October 12, 2018 - 6:00 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The Chicago Police Board voted Thursday night to reinstate a police officer who shot a 15-year-old boy in the back of his head during a foot chase.

Officer Brandon Ternand was accused of using excessive force in the death of Dakota Bright, from a distance of 50 feet, in the yard behind 6727 South Indiana in 2012.

Ternand said he thought the teen was armed and reaching to his belt for a gun.

Dissenters in the 5-to-3 vote found Ternand's statements inconsistent, as did an expert hired by Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson and the now-defunct Independent Police Review Authority, which found the officer's testimony "objectively unreasonable."

Ternand will be reinstated with full back pay.

In another case, the police board won't decide for at least another month whether to fire police officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the 2014 death of Laquan McDonald.