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Marcellis Stinnette police shooting video to be released soon: Illinois mayor

An Illinois mayor says video of a police-involved shooting that left a 19-year-old black man dead and his girlfriend hospitalized will be released in the coming days, according to a report.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham said Sunday that city officials plan to release police video of Tuesday’s shooting that killed Marcellis Stinnette, 19, and wounded his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, 20, once their relatives can see the footage first, the Lake County News-Sun reported.

Cunningham said he hopes the recordings are disseminated ahead of a Freedom of Information Act request that has a Thursday deadline, the newspaper reported.

“We want to beat the FOIA request,” Cunningham said following a prayer vigil held where Stinnette and Williams were shot by an unidentified Hispanic officer who was fired last week.

The officer, who had been with the department for five years, has not been identified, but was terminated Friday for multiple policy violations with the mayor’s “approval.”

Police Chief Wayne Walles also briefly spoke at Sunday’s vigil, calling the fatal shooting a “terrible incident” while extolling the power of prayer and offering his condolences to the victims’ families.

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