Report: Two More Fatal Police Shootings in Chicago

Report: Two More Fatal Police Shootings in Chicago

Teen and mother of five killed hours after Christmas.

Published December 26th

Neighbors Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, and Quintonio Legrier, a 19-year-old who suffered from mental illness, were fatally wounded form police gunfire this weekend in Chicago. 

Legrier's mother says the cops "overreacted," and shot her son seven times. It's unclear what the circumstances were.

Police report they "were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon," according to CBS News. Legrier's mother said he had a bat, no gun. Jones was "accidentally struck," according to cops.

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Jones had had an "excellent" Christmas in the hours before, her brother Melvin said. Her daughter heard the shots ring out at around 4:25 a.m. and saw her mother bleeding on the ground.

She leaves behind children ranging from ages 19-38.

Legrier was studying engineering at Nothern Illinois University. His mother, Janet Cooksey says he was "going somewhere," and demands an apology from Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the loss of her only child. "We're thinking the police are going to service us, take him to the hospital. They took his life," she said. "If you are a police officer, you are supposed to be trained for situations ... Seven bullets were put in my son. Seven." 

"Anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances, we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city," Emanuel said via statement.

The city is currently under federal civil rights investigation for the fatal police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times in 2014. Video, and recently audio, of the police response has surfaced.

As of press time, it is unclear whether or not there is video of the shootings this weekend, or the shooting officer's race. Both Jones and Legrier were Black.

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