Innocent Mother of 5 and Mentally Ill Boy Shot to Death by Cops After 911 Call for Help


Claire Bernish | The Free Thought Project
A nineteen-year-old engineering student and a 55-year-old mother of five were shot and killed by Chicago police answering an emergency report of a domestic disturbance — but the incident already echoes a spate of impossible-to-justify killings at the hands of Chicago PD. Relatives and friends of the two victims, as well as a fed-up public, are justifiably calling the suspicious circumstances of the killings into question, especially as answers from police have been difficult to come by.

According to police, officers responding to the West Garfield Park residence around 4:30 am were “confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals” — as if the weapon chose to pull its own trigger. Police say Quintonio LeGrier was threatening his father and carrying a baseball bat when they were called to the scene; though no gun was recovered, nor was there mention of any other lethal weapon found on the premises.

Bettie Jones was LeGrier’s father’s downstairs neighbor, and as he had requested, was awaiting the cops’ arrival. Chicago police admit her death was unintentional, but have not given any information on how, exactly, she ended up their victim. “The 55-year-old female victim was accidentally struck and tragically killed,” police said in a statement. “The department extends its deepest condolences to the victim’s family and friends.”

Though there remains a dearth of information — and a notable lack of comment from Fraternal Order of Police spokesman, Pat Camden, who has given statements about police shootings on-scene for years when they occur — the facts which are being divulged leave only doubt about what actually happened.

It is unclear whether LeGrier threatened officers’ lives at the scene, or whether he was even armed at the time police shot and killed him. Police have also not said if they had less lethal options available at the time, such as Tasers.“I don’t feel that his life was worth losing because he got upset,” Antonio LeGrier, the student’s father, lamented.

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