University Of Chicago Cop Shoots Student Holding Pipe

A University of Chicago police officer shot and wounded a 21-year-old student, Charles Thomas, who was reportedly carrying a metal pipe near the South Side campus on April 3.

Police said that Thomas has been charged with felony aggravated assault of a peace officer and two counts of felony criminal damage to property, notes the Chicago Tribune.

The police body camera video shows a young man walking through an alley while repeatedly dropping the F-bomb on three U. of C. police officers, who were originally responding to a burglary call.

University officials said in an email to students that Thomas was allegedly breaking car and apartment windows with a long metal pipe.

On the video, the police tell the young man to drop the pipe, but he continues walking and cursing. At one point, he appears to charge an officer in the alley.

According to university officials, one of the cops fired a shot and hit the student in the shoulder. The student was taken to a local hospital.


In the video, an officer says: “Twenty-one, mental. He’s a mental.”

The university did not comment on the mental state of the student.


The officer, who shot the student, was placed on mandatory administrative leave pending an investigation.

Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Chicago police are investigating the incident.

(Source: Chicago Tribune)

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