April 09, 2024

Duckworth Statement on Video of Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) released the following statement after the Civilian Office of Police Accountability today released bodycam footage capturing the fatal police shooting of 26-year-old Dexter Reed on March 21 in Chicago:

“The video released today and the violence captured in it is shocking and disheartening. My thoughts are with the friends, family and loved ones of Dexter Reed as they continue to mourn his tragic death. I’m also hoping for a full recovery of the Chicago Police officer who was shot during this incident, and I share the Mayor’s view that attempting to murder a law enforcement officer must never condoned or excused.

“As the investigation into this horrible incident continues, we must allow it to play out fairly and responsibly. As that happens, we must also refocus our efforts to bolster investments in comprehensive crime prevention initiatives, enhance efforts to keep illegal firearms off the streets and strengthen accountability over the Chicago Police Department, which must continue the hard work of rebuilding trust through transparency.”