Chicago Police Kill Mentally Ill Teen And Bystander After Parents Call 911 (VIDEO)
On Saturday morning, police officers shot and killed two people while responding to a 911 call from one victim’s parents.
One of the victims was 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier, who was a college student studying engineering. The teen’s mother, Janet Cooksey, told ABC News 7, that Legrier suffered from mental illness. The teen’s father called 911, saying that the boy was holding a metal baseball bat and behaving erratically. Legrier died at the hospital later in the morning from seven bullet wounds.
“He was having a mental situation. Sometimes he will get loud, but not violent,” Cookery said. “I went to the hospital, my son had seven bullet wounds in him. That’s too much.”
The second victim, a 56-year-old woman, was a downstairs tenant in the building where the shooting occurred. It appears that she may have been struck by a stray bullet fired by one of the officers, according to reports.
Details about the shooting have yet to be released. During a press conference, Eugene Roy, the chief of CPD detectives, was only willing to confirm that the police were involved in the shooting. Roy also said that officers involved in the shooting arrived to find a combative individual.
Not including these two latest deaths, 20 people have been killed by the police in the state of Illinois this year, according to The Counted. In total, 1,115 people have been killed by the police in 2015 so far. Chicago has a long history of blatant, brutal oppression by the CPD. Recently, the release of footage showing a police officer shooting 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times last year has resulted in massive protests against police oppression in Chicago. One of the demands of some of the groups and individuals involved in the protest movement(s) has been for Mayor Rahm Emmanuel to resign, due to allegations that video of the shooting’s release was delayed for political reasons. The Chicago Police Department will also be undergoing an investigation from the United States Justice Department.
Here’s a video report from ABC News 7:
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