Ronald Johnson

Chicago police have released dashcam video showing the police shooting death of Ronald Johnson, 25, in Chicago's Washington Park neighborhood in 2014.

The video released by the Clark County prosecutor's office shows Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez shooting Johnson in the back 2 seconds after arriving on the scene in his squad car.

Police maintain Johnson had a gun in his hand. No weapon is seen in Johnson's hand on the video.

The video begins with officers pursuing Ronald Johnson around a corner. A female officer is seen pursuing him and pausing to draw her weapon while Johnson scuffles with 2 other officers off camera.

Within seconds, Johnson reappears on camera and runs past the female officer -- who could have shot him but didn't.

Hernandez is seen arriving in his police vehicle and jumping out after Johnson has already sprinted past his car.

The video clearly shows Officer Hernandez drawing on Johnson and shooting him in the back after Johnson had already sprinted past his car.

Clark County State Prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced there would be no criminal charges filed against the officer for shooting Johnson in the back.

But critics argue that Hernandez fired 5 shots at Hernandez, hitting him twice in the back when he was not a threat to the officer.

"With respect to the officer shooting Ronald Johnson in the back, the fact that the officer… officer Hernandez… shot Ronald Johnson in the back is one of many factors that had to be carefully considered and evaluated."

Alvarez said, "even though Ronald Johnson was running away from the officers, he was running toward a police vehicle containing 2 officers" and "unknown numbers" of the public inside that park."

The shooting occurred after midnight, making it unlikely that people were inside the park.

Alvarez added that Johnson could've "easily turned around and fired at the officers pursuing him."

To support her theory, Alvarez played an unrelated video of a fleeing suspect who reached back and shot a pursuing police officer without turning around.

Johnson's family battled the city for release of the video for more than a year.

  • Yoni

    To shoot someone in the back is a cowardly act.

  • surprise2012

    That's what they said about my brother. He was shot in the back by a Denver Cop, the bullet punctured his lungs and he died. It went to court and the shooting was considered justifiable because he was a known convicted felon.

  • AnonymousRose

    not this chyt NOPE, be back later

  • Yoni

    I'm sorry that happened to him.

  • iWasteTime

    while Johnson scuffles with 2 other officers off camera.
    --------------------
    huh?

  • AnonymousRose

    What da hayle a convicted felon have to do with justifying killing someone, I HATE IT system so sorry for your loss

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    not even going to let this shyt rain on my sunshine today *walks back out and goes to sign another petition* #crookedazzcops

  • 1/8

    "But critics argue that Hernandez fired 5 shots at Hernandez, hitting him twice in the back when he was not a threat to the officer."

    When you are chasing an allegedly armed suspect, regardless of whether the suspect is running toward you or away from you, they are a threat to your safety.

    An armed offender runaway from you, can easily turn around and shoot you.

    If Johnson had complied with the police's orders, he might have lived another day to commit another crime.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    let it go Waste...shyt will never make sense...NEVER!!!

  • nucynu25

    I don't even hve the energy .

  • iWasteTime

    done!!
    You right . . .

  • Just Keya

    Why, Baby Jesus, as soon as I come in here, I have to see some ignorant comment. WHY?! Jesus be a huge bucket of white out. Amen.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    OR he might've been shot and died anyway. :eek:

  • iWasteTime

    to quote Jenie ...
    CHILE!

  • Just Keya

    Chile if I was home I would of taken a nap and asked for a recap later. LMAO *looks at watch* It is about that time....damn why I can't be at home. hahahahahaha

  • Yoni

    Wonders what happens when you catch them out of that uniform and from behind that badge.........and they left that "service revolver" in the case. What them hands do?

  • Mrs. ??????????

    That cop is a murderer plain and simple. The guy was running away. Where does it say in the police hand book that the officer must shoot a fleeing suspect? Why not just tazzer the guy?? SMDH but murderers like Dylan Roof are brought in alive.....

  • Yoni

    Dude already looked like he had tears in his eyes.

  • Just Keya

    Not a damn thing. Sweat.

  • iWasteTime

    I am and I'm just about over it ....lolol!
    and I need a nap, I woke up at 5 and could not go back to sleep, now I'm dead tired

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Hernandez is seen arriving in his police vehicle and jumping out after Johnson has already sprinted past his car.

    The video clearly shows Officer Hernandez drawing on Johnson and
    shooting him in the back after Johnson had already sprinted past his
    car.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    Alvarez won't get reelected if she even gets that far.
    Same for Rahm...

    AND on topic, if they didn't find any weapon, this is just the same bullshatt going on, just a different day.

    I feel bad for all of the good cops out there. And the entire police depts all around the country need to stop their No Snitching :tea:

  • Just Keya

    Time I'm trying to tell you something

  • Yoni

    WITH a #7 from Burger King, add extra pickles.

  • iWasteTime

    OMG!!! Really!!!!

  • Just Keya

    Girl yes. -_-

  • nucynu25

    White man shot up the whole clinic brought in alive .

  • thrift.store.jungle

    im so tired of seeing Black folks hunted for sport. like, for real. it's exhausting. i hope this video brings this man's family some closure.

  • nucynu25

    & a milkshake but Travyon couldn't get skittles without catching a bullet.

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    If no wrong was done, why didn't they want to show the video? If I'm not guilty I've got no problem spreading my cards in the table. If there's something to hide then... well.

    Whatever happened to shooting people in the leg or arm? Does every shot, even if someone is running away from you have to be a kill shot?

  • stanley

    In order to fix the justice system they need to create an entirely new office in every state/local designed to prosecute police officers, completely independent. If you ever watch "Law and Order" on NBC. then you know the Prosecuter is always on the Police's side, even when they wrong. They don't care about the Law, or public safety. They are like a family, and they protect each other.

  • iWasteTime

    Girl You got mail!!
    lolol

  • YOUR man chose BSweet #ohwell

    You ain't shyt but I like it. ?

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Not today, Be Back

  • iWasteTime

    not a damn scratch on him and some of those witnesses in San Bernadino are swearing that it was 3 white gunmen

  • Just Keya

    Saw and responded. lmao. I forgot you had my email lmao

  • 1/8

    Did you hear the 911 calls from the frightened residents reporting the gunfire; presumably, from Johnson's gun?

    The CPD was responding to "loud reports," in other words, gunshots. The residents in the area were being terrorized by worthless slugs. I have no sympathy for dead criminals. My allegiance lies with the innocent people who have to live with sh(t like Johnson.

  • Yoni

    I ALWAYS say, the prosecution will NEVER ask for the persecution of the their own. It's "against the law of ethics in their 'family'".

  • http://soulfulbeauty.com/ soulfulbeauty

    I'm so sorry to hear about your brother and I can imagine how you are feeling. My son was murdered by the Oakland Police 2 years ago, and I am still fighting through the pain. It seems without video (and even with video) these murderous officers get away with their typical lies. They smile and walk free. It hurts me to my core that in most cases there is nothing we can do about it.

  • Yoni

    That is what happened. They took that boy to Burger King after he shot up those innocent black church people.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Gun shots are kind of normal.
    Police can't just shoot at somebody.
    They are supposed to be trained.

  • Yoni

    They arrested that YT murderer without incident. Pulled him from the car and handled him as if he had just woken up from a nap. #gently

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    I hope that you begin feeling better :hug:
    There is nothing that anyone can say to ease your pain sis...
    I can't even imagine your pain. I pray that you begin to heal. GOD will handle these wrongdoers :yes: Believe that!

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    :hug: Be strong

  • ann left

    Tennessee v. Garner, 471 U.S. 1 (1985)[1], was a case in which the Supreme Court of the United States held that, under the Fourth Amendment, when a law enforcement officer is pursuing a fleeing suspect, he or she may not usedeadly force to prevent escape unless "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others."

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Nah, come on back and mess up some more facts :crying1:
    :kiss:
    :kona:

  • Just Keya

    They don't hear you though

  • Just Keya

    This

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    WHERE'S THE GUN??????

  • ann left

    That's because they don't want to hear it. It's just easier to be ignorant.

  • surprise2012

    Sorry to hear about your son OMG. I am also a mother of 2 African American males and it scares me everyday for them to go out. I just pray and hope they remain safe. God bless.

  • 1/8

    In police custody and logged as evidence.

  • Just Keya

    Did the actual news people say he had a gun, or are people just saying he had one? Has the gun been confirmed?

  • 1/8

    "...he or she may not use deadly force to prevent escape unless "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others."

    Apparently, the officer felt Johnson was a threat.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I wish Daquan had an ignore or block function so I couldn't see certain fonts. They could call it "ghost".

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    "Apparently, the officer felt Johnson was a threat."
    -----------
    I watched the video. He wasn't a threat to all the officers who were chasing him -- who would have caught him if robocop didn't arrive and start shooting.

  • Just Keya

    A few fonts.

  • imright

    tbh i dnt ever nd 2 c another dash cam murder!

  • ann left

    Again, Tennessee v. Garner!!!!
    "the officer has probable cause to believe that the suspect poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others." He's running with a gun. That alone can be deemed a threat.

  • http://soulfulbeauty.com/ soulfulbeauty

    Everyday I am growing stronger. I know this because believe it or not this is my first post I've ever made speaking on it via social media. Lately I try to avoid reading or watching these types of videos and news stories because honestly I am just tired. It does nothing to help, especially when the outcome is usually always the same.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Here we go again............. And again....and again....and again SMH???

  • 1/8

    A criminal with a gun is always a threat.

  • https://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    What gun? The video does not show a gun in his hand. They found the gun concealed on his person. That is not the same as running with a gun.

  • 1/8

    Gunshots are normal, where, in a war zone?

  • Li

    No it's not. The officer was within his legal rights. If you saw the whole press conference, there's no way she could charge him "under the law". See the complete conference.

  • Just Keya

    In the hood, it is normal. But clearly, you know nothing about that.

  • Hmmm~?

    And? Does that make it okay? What are you trying to say?

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    It nothing new. The media does. Sticks out tongue

  • Just Keya

    What I am trying to say is, for some neighborhoods, gunshots are normal. Some people hear them daily. 25% said normal where? In a war zone. And I am saying no, it is normal for some.

  • ann left

    Actually, you are incorrect. A gun was recovered from his right hand.

  • Yoni

    I'd rather not. Same song and "justification" dance. That record is played out at this point. I'm good. Would tazing him have been too hard?

  • 1/8

    Just because something is a common occurrence, doesn't mean it's normal or acceptable.

    Believe it or not, I used to have friends in area where the shooting went down. Johnson was fleeing into a public park, where an innocent civilian could have become a casualty. Officer Hernandez made the right decision, Johnson did NOT.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    No watching for me I can't... praying ish like this and all violence will end one day....

  • Sexy CJ

    The video released by the Clark County prosecutor’s office shows Chicago Police Officer George Hernandez shooting Johnson in the back 2 seconds after arriving on the scene in his squad car. Hernandez is seen arriving in his police vehicle and jumping out after Johnson has already sprinted past his car. The video clearly shows Officer Hernandez drawing on Johnson and shooting him in the back after Johnson had already sprinted past his car.

    Clark County State Prosecutor Anita Alvarez announced there would be no criminal charges filed against the officer for shooting Johnson in the back.

    But critics argue that Hernandez fired 5 shots at Hernandez, hitting him twice in the back when he was not a threat to the officer........

  • Sexy CJ

    ************

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    That seems to be a common thread.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I didn't watch the video, but it seems as if you have some knowledge or insight on this case. If there was no gun in his hand when he was running in the video, when was the gun found in his hand, after he hit the ground? Just asking because I have not followed this case and as I stated before, I did not watch the video. Thanks.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Smh

    Too ugly.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    ???

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    You might as well add me too. ?

  • Sexy CJ

    CHI-TOWN...........

  • 1/8

    A gun has been logged into police evidence. Johnson's family says the gun was planted, but a witness who was riding in the car with Johnson, indicated Johnson was armed. Furthermore, forensic analysis of the firearm suggest Johnson's DNA is on the weapon; which I might add, was used in a prior shooting.

  • 1/8

    Johnson was a gangbanger, armed with a gun that was used in a prior shooting.

    While the dash cam shows Johnson running away from officers, he was also running toward a squad car and into a public park, with access to several busy streets.

    Officer Hernandez made the right decision, Johnson did NOT.

  • MyThoughts

    There could've been other reasonable options, however, if the officer felt the individual posed a significant physical danger to the officer or others, he can choose to use deadly force on a fleeing suspect. There are conflicting stories with this particular case, some are saying the fleeing suspect had a gun in his hand and others are saying it was concealed on his persons. If the suspect was not armed, the officer should've taken a less deadly action.

  • MyThoughts

    A lot of people believe police are trained to disarm, in actuality, they are trained to stop the threat. In saying that, the use of deadly force on a fleeing suspect is always conditional. The suspect would have to pose a threat of either death or bodily harm to officers or to others. If this was the case in this particular case, I completely agree with your sentiments.

  • ann left

    Numerous officers were yelling to him to drop the gun and stop running. However, you can't really tell if he has anything in his hands or not. You also can not see that the officers have guns in their hands, not even the shooting officer. Watch the video and determine for yourself.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I see you like to make stuff up. Must be nice to be delusional and a clown.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    What is made up? Share please.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    I didn't see a gun

  • 1/8

    Calling me names doesn't change the facts. I'm sorry if my truths don't fit your agenda.

  • 1/8

    Tasers aren't available to all officers. Police routinely have to request an officer with a taser be sent to the scene, and if you're dealing with a loose gunman, you don't have time to wait for an officer with a taser to arrive.

    Furthermore, who brings a taser to a gun fight?

  • Ms.Capricorn101

    Is Anita Alvarez unclockable? Cause.......

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You didn't speak facts though.

  • Auditor

    Man...my 3rd grade computer teacher kinda looked like her. Thinking back I think it was a tranny...had a deep voice, she was at least 6'2", had a lil facial hair, wore heavy makeup...yup

  • Auditor

    But if he was a known gang member...then they had every right to be cautious

  • Auditor

    Don't matter...as an Auditor...they can flip your ish however they see fit...waste your time finding wrongdoings and trying to be honest and fix what's wrong...so I'm pretty sure that goes with any job where you have to be honest. Ie courts, schools, hospitals, you name it...

  • Auditor

    It's hard to shoot a moving target accurately...this is why they tell you to run if a gun is being pointed at you.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    You don't shoot someone in the back period. They weren't cautious he came out shooting.

  • Auditor

    Well just let it be known if someone was a threat to me...I don't give a damn if you're running away from me...I'm shooting your ass and asking questions later. I don't know if you're gonna turn around and shoot me.

  • Auditor

    Guess it depends on what they were convicted for...big difference between petty theft and domestic violence...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That was his reward for killing a bunch of n_gg_rs

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Recovered from his right hand?
    WTF?
    I guess you've never heard of a drop gun before?

    The cop just arrived on the scene and didn't allow himself time to assess the situation.

    What's funny is that the cops who had been there before him didn't believe the victim was enough of a threat to shoot him.

  • ann left

    Actually, I have heard of a drop gun. Do you really think the 20 or so officers that are actually on the scene would risk their lives to cover up for another office. I'm sorry, I don't.

    Have you ever heard of parents raising their children as to not get themselves in these types of situations?

    I'm sorry but I've never been chased by the police. I've never run from a shooting scene with a loaded pistol. I've never been in a car that was shot up by rival gang members. My parents must have done something right. His parents obviously didn't.

  • just being me

    Why are they even police officers if every times something happens they are in fear of there life and use deadly force ???

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Actually, I have heard of a drop gun. Do you really think the 20 or so officers that are actually on the scene would risk their lives to cover up for another office. I'm sorry, I don't
    ROTFLMAO!!
    Were you paying attention to the Laquan McDonald case?
    Not only did the officers on the scene cover up for Van Dyke but some of them went to a near-by Burger King and viewed the surveillance tape to see if any of the murder was caught on tape?

    What about the two officers who were involved with the Tamir Rice shooting?

    They made at least five statements in their report that turned out to be false. The clowns didn't realize that there was a surveillance camera at the park.
    Why won't the old bitty State Attorney release the video if there's nothing to hide?
    You just continue to defend cops and end up with egg all over your face.

  • Alicia.Ashe

    He wasn't a threat to that officer stop reaching.

  • Auditor

    I'm not reaching...if you are a threat to my safety I'm killing you period point blank. No telling if you might come back later to harm me again. You can go on ahead and let a threat run away from YOU...I'm not...

  • Auditor

    I can't tell ish from the video...all I can say is I'm not running from the police...

  • jay

    Brown people never get Justice in this Country.Just imagine what lurks in a Person's Heart who denies another Human there rights for Justice. Such Person could never be happy. There Spirit Is aligned with Evil.(Devil) They have sold There concous to the Devil. They live in a everlasting Hell. They will never be free. I pity them I'm not mad.

  • Floriduhh Evans

    What happened to the time when police had pursuits on foot or a good old fashioned foot race. This is racism and laziness at its finest. He hasn't even been proven guilty yet but I'm sure he'll be labeled a thug in the media. Sigh.

  • rodt

    how much they get paid?

  • Li

    How do you taze a man running 30 mph?

  • Li

    According to the Supreme Court, the officer was within his rights. We can argue all we want about what looks to be a bad situation -- before the law, the officer had did the right thing.

  • Li

    If Ronald had a gun and he was running a taser would be useless. He was perceived to be armed and dangerous.
    Look, if he was my child I too would be crying and asking for answers. I wouldn't accept it. But the police are out here with dangerous young men. Young men with guns. I'm sure the citizens who called 911 wanted the man either arrested or stopped - any means available. It's a profession I would not want to go into.

  • Li

    Move to Canada. Honestly, if I were a black mom and had Black males, I would ship them to Canada or the Caribbean. Out of the United States. The Black man has a target on his back by his own brothers and law enforcement.

  • Li

    That part of the southside and other sides are "terror" zones. They should be labeled as such because young Black men are running rampant with "illegal" arms, killing each other and innocent bystanders.
    There was a promising model, 26, standing at the bus stop and she was the victim of a drive-by. These guys can't even aim straight.

  • Li

    REad the Supreme Court ruling. If this case would go before the Supreme Court, the officer wold be in the right.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Keep believing that you'll never be a victim of police brutality because 'your parents did something right'.

  • MsKitty MeowMeow

    something killers do

  • shaybytheway

    Cops out here playing Call of Duty at work. -_-

  • Sleepy One

    I'm sorry this happened to him and your family.

  • Sleepy One

    Prayers going out to you on the loss of your son.

  • sunni_daze

    Just because it's legal doesn't make it right.

  • Yoni

    He was running 30 mph? Really? The same way he aimed and shot him in the back.

  • Yoni

    The same folks that bring a gun to a fist fight. #cops

  • ann left

    Actually, I do believe that. Do you know why???? Because I am educated, I own shi*, I pay taxes, I respect other's spaces and employment. I am not perusing the streets at 4:30 in the morning with my gang buddies. I am not running around with loaded pistols or fighting police officers. All the guns I own are legal and carried appropriately.

    And you want to know what else???? My sons will never be victims of police violence either because I raised them to handle themselves accordingly. They won't be hanging in a damn park with a fake gun pointing it at people.

    There may be one off police officers that do shitty work and they deserve to pay for whatever they do in the course of said work. However, these sorry a** worthless parents need to take responsibility for their mistakes. I am tired of paying for these lowlife thugs that do nothing but terrorize the community.

    You want to be outraged about something? Be outraged that there have been close to 500 murders in Chicago this year alone. Start there and then address this low life that wants to run the streets with a loaded pistol.

  • 1/8

    Johnson was armed with a gun; so, how is your argument relevant?

  • Yoni

    I'm not arguing. You asked. I answered. No debate!

  • 1/8

    Several decades ago, I had friends who lived on the 5400 block of South Prairie, a few blocks away from where Johnson was gunned down.

    One night, a car-load of thugs tried to break into my friend's house. Apparently, one of the hooligans had sex with one of the occupants, later felt guilty for engaging in homosexual sex, and came back to the house to attack the residents.

    Thugs have been terrorizing that community for decades.

  • 1/8

    Does that mean you cannot support your argument that the cops brought a gun to a fist fight?

  • Yoni

    Sweetie, I'm not here to argue. It's not that serious for me. And they always bring a gun to a fist fight when an UNARMED black person ends up dead, killed by a cop. This post has lost it's steam. Take care......or come to a new post. Your choice.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Trayvon Martin wasn't running the streets in the wee hours of the morning.
    He just walked to he store for some snacks and he caught the attention of some lunatic cop-wanna-be who needed to be hero that night.
    Corey Jones wasn't either. His vehicle had broken down on an interstate off-ramp and he was murdered by a trigger happy cop who should have called a uniformed cop but instead he approached Jones in plains-clothes which made Corey fear for his life.
    But keep believing that your sons will never be harassed or even assaulted by cops even if they do everything right.

  • ann left

    Trayvon Martin was not murdered by a police officer so that invalidates your argument. Corey Jones was a one-off and the officer should have been charged. I have a better chance at winning the lottery than being murdered by a police officer, and so do my boys. So like I said I will take my chances with a rogue police officer than deal with the thugs and gangbangers you make excuses for.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The reason that Corey Jones was murdered is because the police department didn't follow procedures as far as assigning rookies to do stakeouts.
    There are lots of police departments that are the same and some of their officers are accidents waiting to happen, but keep believing that you're holier than thou attitude will keep you from harm.

  • chappedlippz

    I am getting so sick and tired of our black men and women being manhandled and shot to death, and with no apparent supporting evidence. #AFEDUPBLACK