Protests in Illinois city over police killing of Black teenager
Added 10-28-20 08:11:03pm EST - “Less than 20 miles south of Kenosha, Wis., where police shot Jacob Blake multiple times in the back in August, a police shooting that left a Black teenager dead and his girlfriend badly wounded last week is stirring up anger in Waukegan,…” - News.yahoo.com
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Less than 20 miles south of Kenosha, Wis., where police shot Jacob Blake multiple times in the back in August, leaving him partially paralyzed and sparking days of fiery protests and rioting, a police shooting that left a Black teenager dead and his girlfriend badly wounded last week is stirring anger in Waukegan, Ill.
Marcellis Stinnette, 19, died after a Waukegan police officer fired at a car that police say was driving toward the officer in reverse as he approached it. The driver, Tafara Williams, was badly wounded. Stinnette was a passenger.
“When does it end?” civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has represented victims or families in several high-profile cases in which police have been accused of attacking civilians, asked at a press conference Tuesday. “When does it end, America? How many more Black people have to be killed because of police brutality?”
Crump and attorney Antonio Romanucci, who are representing Williams and her family, said Tuesday that a civil lawsuit will be filed soon.
According to police, the shooting happened after an officer was investigating a vehicle just before midnight on Oct. 20. The vehicle fled, police said, and was spotted by a second officer nearby. As the second officer approached the vehicle, it began to reverse toward him, police said in a news release. The second officer then “fired his semi-automatic pistol, in fear for his safety.”
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