Black Woman Shot By Illinois Police Officer Seeks Justice From Hospital Bed

Written by on October 25, 2020

WAUKEGAN, In poor health. (AP) — A Black lady who was shot and wounded inside a automobile by a police officer who additionally fatally shot her 19-year-old boyfriend on Satuday instructed about 200 individuals gathered at an emotional rally in suburban Chicago that she’s preventing “to be robust” for her son.

The protest in Waukegan, about 40 miles north of Chicago, was organized by Clyde McLemore, the founding father of the Lake County chapter of Black Lives Matter. It befell lower than a day after Police Chief Wayne Walles introduced the firing of the officer who fatally shot Marcellis Stinnette, a Black man, and wounded Tafara Williams, 20. Walles added in a short assertion that the male officer had dedicated “a number of coverage and process violations.”

Through the gathering, Clifftina Johnson, Williams’ mom, put a megaphone to her cellphone as Williams passionately spoke to the group from her hospital mattress as one other member of the family on the rally held her and Stinnette’s 7-month-old son.

“Don’t permit them to do that to us. No justice, no peace. I received’t sleep till Marcellis will get justice. He didn’t deserve it, and so they waited for him to die. No justice, no peace. And my son don’t have a father no extra, however I’m preventing for him, and I’m on this hospital, and I’m making an attempt to be robust,” Williams mentioned.

Attorneys representing Williams known as the officer’s firing “a primary step in police accountability” however mentioned they’re urgent forward with their very own probe of the capturing.

No different particulars, together with the officer’s title, had been supplied within the announcement, which got here shortly after Lake County’s chief prosecutor mentioned the FBI would be part of Illinois State Police in investigating Tuesday’s capturing.

Authorities have mentioned the capturing that killed Stinnette and wounded Williams occurred following what they’ve described as a site visitors cease. The officer who shot the couple is Hispanic and had been with the Waukegan Police Division for 5 years.

Attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci, who’re representing Williams, responded to the officer’s firing in a press release that additionally mentioned they had been shifting ahead “with our personal investigation into the information of this tragedy.”

“The firing of the officer concerned on this week’s tragic and mindless capturing in Waukegan is a primary step in police accountability, however does nothing to revive the life and well being of the 2 younger individuals concerned,” they mentioned of their assertion.

Waukegan police have mentioned Williams was driving and Stinnette was a passenger in a automobile that fled a site visitors cease carried out by a white officer late Tuesday and that the automobile was later noticed by one other officer. Police mentioned that because the second officer approached, the automobile began shifting in reverse and the officer — fearing for his security — opened fireplace. No weapon was discovered within the automobile.

Activists and family members of the couple have demanded the discharge of police video of the capturing, which authorities say has been turned over to investigators.

Clyde McLemore, head of the Lake County chapter of Black Lives Matter, is amongst those that have known as for the video’s launch and for a federal investigation of the capturing. He mentioned the Saturday afternoon protest and march in Waukegan had been deliberate to demand {that a} particular prosecutor probe the capturing and for authorities to launch the officer’s title.

“Regardless of the FBI finds we wish a particular prosecutor introduced in. We wish the title of the police officer launched as a result of firing the police officer solely permits him to go to a different police division and get a job someplace else and do that once more,” McLemore mentioned.

He mentioned he and different activists additionally need the now-fired officer “arrested and prosecuted” and to face homicide and tried homicide prices within the capturing.

Activist Chris Blanks mentioned Thursday that the police video of the capturing is especially essential as a result of the police model of occasions and the model Clifftina Johnson mentioned her wounded daughter, Williams, shared along with her seem to contradict one another. Johnson mentioned her daughter instructed her that Williams and her boyfriend had performed nothing to impress the officer.

Lake County State’s Legal professional Michael Nerheim mentioned Friday he had requested the U.S. Justice Division to evaluation the circumstances surrounding the capturing, and mentioned the federal company had agreed to take action. He urged calm whereas the investigation takes place and pledged transparency.

”As I’ve mentioned earlier than, as soon as the investigation is concluded, all of the proof might be reviewed and a last choice might be made with respect to any potential prices,” Nerheim mentioned Friday in a press release.

A phone message was left Saturday for Waukegan police Commander Edgar Navarro asking whether or not police deliberate to launch the fired officer’s title and different particulars on his historical past with the division.

An e mail was additionally despatched Saturday asking Nerheim’s spokesman if the workplace deliberate to launch further particulars within the capturing. And an e mail was despatched to Illinois State Police looking for up to date data.

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