Dexter Reed shot police officer before officers returned fire 96 times, watchdog says as video released (GRAPHIC VIDEO)

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HUMBOLDT PARK — The city’s police watchdog released video Tuesday morning showing police fatally shooting Dexter Reed during a traffic stop in March.

Police shot and killed Dexter Reed, 26, on March 21 after a traffic stop in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand Street. On Tuesday, authorities said the deadly encounter began because police stopped Reed for not wearing a seat belt.

Reed shot at the officers first, hitting one in the forearm; Four officers then fired about 96 times in 41 seconds, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The officers are seen shooting Reed as he lay on the ground.

The watchdog did not say how many shots Reed allegedly fired before officers responded.

The watchdog has recommended that four officers be relieved of their police powers while the investigation continues.

Reed’s family plans to hold a news conference to discuss the video Tuesday afternoon.


The shooting occurred at 6:02 p.m. on March 21 in the 3800 block of West Ferdinand Street after Police stopped Reed’s car for a traffic stop.the police said.

Videos of the shooting show officers taking Reed into custody. Several get out of a car and order Reed to open the doors, roll down the windows and get out of the car. At least two officers draw guns and point them at Reed while giving him orders.

Reed rolls down the driver’s side window before partially rolling it up.

“Open the door now! Open the door now! an officer orders Reed as the officers back away, their guns trained on Reed.

Surveillance footage of the incident from a neighbor shows an officer walking around the passenger side of the SUV and remaining there for several moments before gunshots are heard and the officer turns and runs away, taking cover. Smoke is seen around the car, which moves forward. That officer later reported over the radio that he had been shot and his wound can be seen in several videos.

Numerous gunshots are then heard as the officers shoot and run around the car.


Reed drives the car forward several times and crashes into another car. He gets out of the driver’s side of the car and goes to the back; He is shot and falls to the ground. The officers continue shooting him as he lies on the ground. They stop and Reed lies, motionless and bleeding. The officers point their guns at him and order him not to move while he remains still. An officer says Reed is still breathing as officers search for a gun.

The officers put Reed’s hands behind his back and handcuffed him. Blood is seen around him in the street. Officers later roll Reed over and perform chest compressions.

Meanwhile, other officers apply a tourniquet to the injured officer’s left arm while he is on the ground and check him for other injuries.

Reed was shot several times and was pronounced dead at a local hospital, agency officials said. The officer who was shot in the forearm was taken to an area hospital in good condition. A gun was found in Reed’s front passenger seat, according to the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.


Reed’s family pushed for the release of video of the shooting, saying it would cast doubt on authorities’ narrative.

the family too sent a letter Mayor Brandon Johnson and Police Superintendent. Larry Snelling asking for help in publishing videos and any other evidence that helps understand what happened.

Andrew Stroth and attorney Steven A. Hart, representing the family, sent a letter to city officials demanding the release of the names of the officers involved and the preservation of evidence from the fatal shooting.

Reed’s family wants him to be remembered as a “brave, outspoken, sweet and genuine young man,” said Reed’s older sister, Porsche Banks.

Reed was known to his family and friends as a talented young man who was an outstanding athlete. He had aspirations of starting his own clothing company and being a sports announcer, Banks said.

Reed, of Garfield Park, loved to play basketball and played at Westinghouse College Prep High School, leading the team to a regional championship in 2016, his family said.

“Dexter was one of those kids that you not only coached, but you really loved him because he was a hard worker,” said Bill Curry, who coached Reed on the Westinghouse basketball team from 2013-17. told the Sun-Times last month.

After high school, Reed played basketball at Morton College and studied broadcasting, Banks said.

Dexter Reed, age 26 (seen in 2023), loved playing basketball and designing clothes. He was killed by police after a traffic stop on March 21, 2024. Credit: Provided; Facebook

“He was a very sophisticated, intelligent and ambitious guy who liked to play basketball, go to the gym, take care of his health and spend time with his family,” Banks said. “He loved being around happy people.”

At the time of his death, Reed was not working but was preparing to launch his clothing brand. fanersaid Banks. Last year, he launched his first clothing line items, offering fitted T-shirts and hooded jackets.

The day Reed died, Banks saw him at his niece’s school and spoke to him on the phone three minutes before the shooting, he said.

His last words to her were: “’Take Mom to the gym.’ … He wanted me to get Mom out of the house,” she said.

Banks didn’t know where Reed was going that day and said he liked to drive for fun.

The banks started a GoFundMe to raise money for Reed’s funeral expenses and pay for a lawyer to help the family get justice, he said.

Reed was arrested twice last year, public records show: In April 2023, he was charged with retail theft, which was dropped. according to the Sun Times. And in mid-July, he was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon without a concealed carry card or firearm owner’s ID when officers said they found him with a loaded gun at the Windy City Smokeout, according to the Sun -Times. He was facing several firearms charges that were pending when he was killed.

An analysis recently published by advocacy groups Impact for equity and Free2Move Coalition found on 22 percent of all traffic stops made last year were concentrated on the west side. in the Ogden (10th) and Harrison (11th) police districts, where Reed was arrested and killed, which encompass Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Little Village and North Lawndale, according to the report.

And a 2021 Block Club analysis found that West Side drivers were the most frequently stopped by police: but the vast majority of stops did not result in fines.

During a Tuesday morning meeting held by The Leaders Network at Columbus Park Refectory, 5701 W. Jackson Blvd., West Side faith leaders called for an independent and thorough investigation into Reed’s death, saying the incident raises questions.

“There are so many unanswered questions,” said Janette Wilson, senior adviser to the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. “Have they been reassigned? …What happened to the officers? What is your background? “We need an independent investigation.”

Local organizations, including the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, GoodKids MadCity and the Chicago Torture Justice Center, are planning a news conference about the shooting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in front of District 11 headquarters. Police Department, 3151 W. Harrison St.

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