WICKER PARK —The Independent Police Review Authority released video Friday of a 2014 police shooting of a reckless driver who crashed into parked cars and mailboxes in Wicker Park before apparently attempting to run over officers.
Michael James Cote was shot in the stomach on June 11, 2014 as he reversed into a group of officers after plowing into a store at North and Hoyne avenues.
Witnesses recorded the incident from their apartment on North Avenue.
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Cote, 39, was arrested by the police at the scene. Police responded to a call about a traffic incident in the 1500 block of North Hoyne Avenue. He was shot once he reversed his SUV, struck a sign and several mailboxes, police said. The police officers weren't injured.
The video and details in the case were released as part of a massive data dump by IPRA on Friday, showing documents and videos in more than 100 Chicago police misconduct cases.
The release comes after Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed Police Accountability Task Force called on the Chicago Police Department to acknowledge racism and fight the "code of silence" that keeps officers from being held accountable.
That task force also called for videos to be more readily released to the public, within 60 to 90 days.
The massive release of videos includes many open cases, some of which are the subjects of lawsuits. At a news conference Friday, IPRA boss Sharon Fairley stressed that videos do not paint a complete picture of what happened in each incident, and many lack context.
“It's really important for you to keep in mind that these materials may not convey all of the facts and considerations that are relevant [to an officer's conduct," she said.
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