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From Wednesday's Tribune:

"An 18-year-old man on probation for a weapons conviction was shot and killed by a Chicago police tactical officer Tuesday afternoon on the city's Northwest Side after police say he confronted officers with a loaded pistol.

"Some witnesses and family members told a different story, saying that Luis Colon, 18, had turned and was running from plainclothes officers about 5 p.m. when he was fatally shot in the 2700 block of North Kilbourn Avenue in the Belmont Gardens neighborhood.

"The incident was the eighth shooting by Chicago police officers in the last two weeks, and the fifth fatality."

In fact, police shot and killed two other men on Sunday.

 

Here's what the Tribune reported on April 27:

 "Mayor Richard Daley said Saturday he is backing a plan by his new police superintendent to equip all Chicago police officers with semiautomatic assault rifles, which Daley said would put officers on equal footing with armed gangs and criminals. 'Many times [the police are] outgunned, to be very frank,' Daley said....

"[Police superintendent Jody] Weis' weapons proposal is part of an overall crime-fighting strategy and not a reaction to the recent violence, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said. 'It's part of the superintendent's comprehensive plan to address violence and to ensure officers are equally equipped to confront threats against them and the communities they protect,' she said."

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