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Ill. Cops Fatally Shoot Autistic Teen

February 03, 2012  | 

Suburban Chicago police on Wednesday fatally shot a 15-year-old boy suffering from Asperger's syndrome after he allegedly threatened officers with a knife.

Danelene Powell-Watts, the mother of Stephon Watts, said she called police to their Calumet City home after the teenager became upset and did not want to go to school, reports the Chicago Tribune.

"The way they did it, they didn't have to shoot him," Powell-Watts said. In an interview with Fox News, Powell-Watts said officers should have used a TASER or shot her son in the arm or leg.

Autistic Teen Fatally Shot by Police in Calumet City Home:

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Dustin @ 2/6/2012 7:10 PM

Seriously?? An arm or a leg? Had they used the taser she be crying they should have hit him with a baton. Do people not know what the femoral artery is? In the leg, biggest artery in the body and you will bleed out and expire in moments...Hollywood strikes again

Dustin @ 2/6/2012 7:10 PM

Seriously?? An arm or a leg? Had they used the taser she be crying they should have hit him with a baton. Do people not know what the femoral artery is? In the leg, biggest artery in the body and you will bleed out and expire in moments...Hollywood strikes again

pete @ 2/6/2012 7:43 PM

If she knows so much, she should have shot him in the leg herself: why call the cops?

Greg @ 2/7/2012 4:13 AM

You get a call to a house you know...police have been to the house a dozen times in the past year and a half...he's big, black, a thug with a knife and he likes to fight with police...oh boy. As Calumet City Police Chief Edward Gilmore said "police were frequently called to the Watts home to deal with Stephon Watts, who he said was "very strong and liked to fight with police."

Big Strong and likes to fight...and he's got a knife and has now sliced an officer and is coming towards you with a creepy smile and a knife he's already used. Gee, what to do, what to do?

A baton? Nope, too close to a knife. Taser? Close enough to tase, close enough for him to reach you in a second with his knife. Bang! Bang! Only the bad guy hurt.

I'm betting the "childs" mother feels guilty she's happy and relieved this millstone around her neck is dead and she won't have to be worrying he'd kill her.

A good ending.

James @ 2/7/2012 12:29 PM


Great comment; couldn't have said it better myself. It's never the parents fault a it always seems LEOs get the short end of the stick when family disturbances go sideways. Since when do cops show up when a kid doesn't want to go school. Obviously there was something more to the call prompting a police response. Low and behold the subject threatens a cop with a knife and gets killed, what the hell did the parents think was going to happen.

Sorry the kid died, but grateful the responding officers were not hurt, nor where any other family memebers.

GGM @ 2/9/2012 5:54 AM

Good description of the suspect Greg, except your comment about his race, which is irrelevant. The fact that he is big, has a knife and is a thug, is more than enough to explain the use of force. I certainly wouldn't have a problem shooting a big white thug who is armed with a knife and likes fighting the police. lets avoid the race baiting

chris @ 2/12/2012 11:31 PM

I live in the area where this guy was shot, the cops have been called out many times to deal with this kid. The kid came at the cops with a knife and cut one of them. He has tried to attack them before but not like this.

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