July 30 (Reuters) - Two Chicago officers were stripped of their police authority on Friday after a preliminary investigation found they may have violated department policies during a shooting the day before, the department said.
Three police officers shot and killed an 18-year-old man on Thursday after he sideswiped a squad car and another vehicle with a stolen Jaguar he was driving when police tried to arrest him, the Chicago Police Department said in a statement. The man was identified as Paul O'Neal, the Chicago Tribune reported.
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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson and other department officials reviewed the incident on Friday, then relieved two of the officers of their authority and assigned them administrative positions, pending the outcome of internal and Independent Police Review Authority investigations, the department said in a statement.
"It appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least two of the police officers," the department said.
The three officers were placed on administrative duties for 30 days, according to a statement after the shooting. The move on Friday goes further by stripping two of the officers of their authority; they will not return to duty unless they are cleared of wrongdoing, the Chicago Tribune reported.
The United States has been embroiled for the past two years in a debate over excessive use of force by police against black men and women. Chicago police have come under criticism for some of those incidents, including the October 2014 death of Laquan McDonald, 17, who was shot 16 times by an officer.
"It appears that departmental policies may have been violated by at least two of the police officers."
Chicago Police Department, Statement on shooting of Paul O'Neal
Another man who was shot by Chicago police, after he drove off in his vehicle as officers tried to stop him last year, said on Monday he wants the officers fired from the department, days after the IPRA issued a rare finding that the shooting was unjustified.
Three days after the incident, the Chicago Police Department updated its policy on use of deadly force, prohibiting officers from shooting at moving vehicles if no other weapons were being used against police.
It is unclear if a weapon was recovered at the scene of the incident on Thursday.
In July, IPRA released data showing Chicago police shootings are declining and use of electric-shock Tasers is up, suggesting training in non-lethal force is beginning to take hold in the embattled department, which faces a federal investigation over its use of force and complaints of racial profiling.
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Recent shootings by police and related protests
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People march in protest to the fatal police shooting of Charleena Lyles, in Seattle, Washington on June 22, 2017.
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SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 20: Chalk artwork is written on the ground at a memorial for Charleena Lyles at the apartment building in which she was killed on June 20, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. Officers from the Seattle Police Department shot and killed Lyles, a pregnant mother of four, on June 18. (Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images)
The car of Philando Castile is seen surrounded by police vehicles in an evidence photo taken after he was fatally shot by St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop in July 2016. Picture released June 20, 2017. Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS - THIS IMAGE WAS PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. THIS PICTURE WAS PROCESSED BY REUTERS TO ENHANCE QUALITY. AN UNPROCESSED VERSION WILL BE PROVIDED SEPARATELY.
People hold signs in protest after a jury found St. Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez not guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Philando Castile yesterday, in Manhattan, New York, U.S., June 17, 2017. REUTERS/Bria Webb
Protesters hold placards against the killing of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in Manhattan, New York, U.S., July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Bria Webb
People take part in a protest against the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile during a march in New York July 7, 2016. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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A protest sign showing and image of Ezell Ford as members of the 'Black Lives Matter' alliance stage protest outside the Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti's home as they try to force him to fire LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck, in Los Angeles, California on June 7, 2015. The alliance have renewed protests after a recent report from an LAPD watchdog determined that the August 11, 2014 officer-involved shooting death of 25-year-old Ezell Ford in South Central was justified. AFP PHOTO/ MARK RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
Portland, United States - May 19: Protesters hold a banner during a demonstration for freedom and equality against police brutality and racism at the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct in Portland, Ore., United States, on May 19, 2017, on what would have been Malcolm X's 92nd birthday. (Photo by Alex Milan Tracy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Portland, United States - May 19: Protesters hold signs during a demonstration for freedom and equality against police brutality and racism at the Portland Police Bureau's North Precinct in Portland, Ore., United States, on May 19, 2017, on what would have been Malcolm X's 92nd birthday. (Photo by Alex Milan Tracy/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)