|Bettie Jones' cousin: "Her blood is crying out from the grave saying, 'Evelyn, avenge me'" -- Chicago Tribune|
The headline in the Tribune says so little, yet says so much. If police killed Action Now activist Bettie Jones by "accident", does that mean they killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, on purpose? Why?
Why did CPD answer a "domestic disturbance" call with guns blazing? There was no video this time. So we will have to rely on the police account of what happened. Why did they pump seven shots into another young man who, it appears, posed no real threat to them. I'm sure, given a little time, they will get their stories straight, like they did in the Laquan McDonald shooting. All we know for sure is that another young black man is dead. His 55-year-old neighbor is dead.
|Bettie Jones & Quintonio LeGrier.|
Rahm is off in Cuba with his wife and children, enjoying the beaches and the warm Caribbean sun.
According to the Trib:
Police were offering few details of the early-morning shooting, the first use of lethal force by Chicago police since last month's release of a video of Laquan McDonald's death put a national spotlight on the city.A few hours later, police shot another black man, Mekel Lumpkin, 24, on the south side.
According to FOX32:
Police said no officers were injured and that a gun was found at the scene. There were at least 40 to 50 police officers on the scene late Saturday afternoon. Cops scowled as they looked out at a the crowd of a few dozen neighbors gathering on the sidewalks beyond the police tape.
Among the group, a few jeered at the officers, angrily recounting some version of the shooting. One man said the victim had been shot five times after raising his hands, had fallen and was shot again on the ground. Others said the victim had been prone on the porch when he was shot.The Sun-Times reports:
There were at least 40 to 50 police officers, some in full SWAT gear or carrying semiautomatic rifles, on 103rd Place in the hours after the shooting. A crowd of neighbors gathered at the police tape blocking the street despite the cold and rain.
Officers scowled at handful of vocal bystanders among the restive crowd, who cursed and jeered at officers.
“They the biggest gang in the whole city,” one man shouted at a clatch of a half-dozen officers on the opposite corner.A collection is being taken up to help cover the costs of Bettie Jones' funeral. You can make a contribution here. I haven't heard anything about Quintonio LeGrier's funeral.
In a Christmas Day Sun-Times op-ed piece, west-side Pastor Michael Eaddy recounts his earlier meeting with Mayor Emanuel:
We are optimistic in that the mayor invited us to the table along with the top leadership of the police. We’re confident that because of his commitment to make this issue a top priority and the police listening to our grievances, we are finally on a path that will lead to real change.That's called blowing smoke.