World Socialist Web Site wsws.org 20 Mar, 2021 03:15 am

Off-duty Chicago police officer charged with shooting at two people sitting in their car

Off-duty Chicago police officer charged with shooting at two people sitting in their car
That the accused off-duty officer who teaches use of force at the Chicago police academy is being accused of excessive force speaks directly to the nature of the police.

Chicago police officer Kevin Bunge was charged this week with shooting two innocent bystanders while off-duty last December.The entire incident, in which two innocent men were fired upon after posing not the slightest threat, is part of the continuous wave of violence that is endemic to the Chicago Police Department (CPD) and police agencies across the United States.Bunge has eight years as a Chicago police officer, and also teaches use of force at the Chicago police academy.In January, footage was released showing 32-year-old Martina Standley on November 14, 2019 as she lay bleeding and unconscious for over 8 minutes with her leg crushed and trapped under a Chicago police’s SUV tire after being run over.

” Moreover, it says, “Adding insult to injury, Chicago police officers placed both men under arrest, despite the fact that they were victims of this unprovoked shooting.Bunge’s reaction expresses the violent and ruthless training of police officers across the country.

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