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Man Shot By Officer At Red Line Station Shouldn’t Face Resisting Arrest Charges, Top Cop Says

The Police Department and multiple officials, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, have said they have concerns about the Friday shooting at the Grand Station.

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CHICAGO — Police have called for charges to be dropped against a man who was shot by an officer this weekend at the Red Line Grand Station.

The shooting, which the Police Department and multiple officials have said they have concerns about, happened Friday. It quickly gained widespread attention as videos showing the leadup to the shooting — and even shots being fired by an officer — were almost instantly shared on social media, where they’ve been watched thousands of times.

The shooting is being investigated by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. The State’s Attorney’s Office, with help from the FBI, is also reviewing the shooting for possible criminal charges.

In the latest update, interim Supt. Charlie Beck asked the State’s Attorney’s Office to drop charges against the man who was shot, Ariel Roman.

Roman, hospitalized after the shooting, had been charged with resisting arrest and with drug offenses. But the Police Department decided it would be “insensitive to advocate for these charges” in light of the circumstances of the shooting.

“While we will not rush to judgment, the level of concern over the tactics used in this incident is significant,” police said in a Sunday statement.

The shooting happened Friday inside the station at 521 N. State St. In a statement, police said a man — Roman — was moving between two “L” train cars when officers tried to stop him. The man and the officers struggled at the station, and the officers used their Tasers on the man.

“At some point during the incident, one of the officers discharged their weapon, striking the subject twice,” according to police.

Roman was taken to Northwestern Hospital, where he underwent surgery and was in “critical but stable condition,” police said.

A video shared on Twitter shows what led up to the shooting: Two officers struggle with Roman on the ground inside the station.

“Shoot him! Shoot him! Stop resisting!” the male officer says. “Give me your hands! Give me your hands!”

Roman gets to his feet and the officers again tell him to stop resisting. The female officer, her gun out, tells Roman to put his hands down and give his hands to the male officer.

The officer then fires a shot and Roman runs up a nearby escalator. Another shot can be heard being fired as the officers get toward the top of the escalator, and a woman screams.

The video then ends.


The video, as well as another that also shows Roman and officers struggling on the floor at the station before the shooting, has been watched thousands of times and was quickly spread over social media.

Activists protested near the station over the weekend, and Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the video was “extremely disturbing and the actions by these officers are deeply concerning.”