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State's Attorney Calls in FBI to Assist in Investigation of Chicago Police Shooting

January 01, 2016  | 

57-year-old Bettie Jones and 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier (Photo: NBC Screen shot)
57-year-old Bettie Jones and 19-year-old Quintonio Legrier (Photo: NBC Screen shot)

The State's Attorney in Cook County, Illinois, has asked for FBI assistance in the police shooting of a 19-year-old man and a 55-year-old woman.

Quintonio LeGrier, a Northern Illinois University student, and his neighbor Bettie Jones, a mother of five children, were killed Saturday while officers responded to a domestic disturbance. LeGrier's father Antonio has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in the case. Police say Quintonio Legrier charged officers with a baseball bat.

"This is a deeply disturbing incident that demands a very deliberate and meticulous independent investigation," Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez said in a statement Thursday. The shooting is currently being investigated by the Chicago Independent Police Review Authority, but Alvarez said her office has contacted the FBI to request their help too, NBC News reports.

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FDC @ 1/2/2016 11:14 AM

If you charge at the police with a weapon expect to be shot!

Percy @ 1/2/2016 11:37 AM

Not quite sure Bettie Jones would agree with you on this one.
All she did was walk outside.
I guess the she made him FEAR FOR HIS LIFE, ya that's the ticket.

Dan @ 1/2/2016 1:23 PM

If you rush the police with any kind of weapon, the law gives authority to respond with like force, or force necessary to stop the threat, for the safety of the community and the officer. So for those of you who say a bat is not a lethal weapon, he should have pepper sprayed him, applied an ECD (TASER), or use a baton/straight stick, on him, here this: There is a lethal weapon at every single call an officer responds to: THEIR OWN!! If the pepper spray does not work, now you have an angry, violent, armed person, with burning eyes and skin. If he gets a good head hot on LEO with the bat and knocks him unconscious or causes him to black out for a few seconds, now the LEO's weapon is able to be taken and used against them or the public.

TASER does not always work. Thick clothing can cause bad contact, or barbs do not contact skin. Again, angry person with weapon.

Dan @ 1/2/2016 1:30 PM

The law does not require an escalation of the UOF continuum. No need to start low and make way up to firearm. It is lawful to use whatever force is necessary, from the perspective of the LEO on scene, during the incident, up to and including lethal force, to stop a threat to the community or LEO. When will people stop thinking an officer should not have used their firearm because other options were available. Yes they are, but people need to understand that when you attack an officer with a weapon, he has more weapons than you do, and usually better ones. Do not attack LEOs, that is how you get hurt. Do not resist, even if they are wrong!! Comply with commands. If you feel like your rights were violated, you are free to hire a lawyer and sue. That is the great benefit of this country, the justice system!! There are plenty ambulance chasers out there who want to make a name for themselves, they will take your case. but you might not win.

Clay @ 1/2/2016 7:11 PM

@ Dan. How about the cops stop breaking the law with the citizens? That way no one has to sue. You guys are costing us citizens millions upon millions of $'s.

I think a movement has started.... It seems like everyday we see one of you being arrested, indicted, sent to prison and now we are watching you guys being shot in the streets.

Wouldn't it be better to correct some of the problems on the front end instead of making the citizen get their justice in a lawsuit?

The idea of comply and sue later just doesn't make sense when you prevent the whole problem up front. People are getting tired of this and I am afraid we are going to see more and more violence in the streets.

Leonard @ 1/4/2016 8:57 AM

The problem is that we have too many armed police officers that don't have the training nor judgment to know when to use them. That's why there are so many shootings of unarmed and minimally lethal weapons. British police routinely disarm citizens having knives, hammer, rocks, etc without resorting to deadly force. US police shot over 26 people since Xmas, more that the Brits have killed in the past 5 years. Our police are unable to replicate these results because we allow them to be trained in ways that exclusively focuses on gun usage. They use no hesitation targets, meaning targets with pictures of children, pregnant women, etc so they become desensitized to the citizens they encounter. Police police departments don't want officers who think, just ones that react resulting in over 1100 citizens killed in 2015.

XXXXX @ 1/4/2016 2:51 PM

Leonard what are you talking about? I have never even seen a target with pictures of "children, pregnant women etc." I certainly have never trained on one. Do you just hate the police and if so why?

Leonard @ 1/4/2016 6:04 PM

Just google "No hesitation targets" and you will see that they have been purchase by LE. I've attached just one reference. And FYI, I don't hate police. I want our police to be better.

xxxxx @ 1/4/2016 7:03 PM

Well, if that's true then it is very interesting. However, you say you, " want the police to be better". What if there was a study that said these targets were important to train with? For example, what if you found out you had an officer that was incapable of pulling the trigger on a kid. Wouldn't you want to know that in a training scenario? I mean what if you had an active shooter situation in a school and the officer entered only to be confronted by a school age kid shooting others or a pregnant woman for that matter and the officer froze because he just could shoot. Who knows? I'm not saying I know everything, but you really need to look at things with more of an open mind.

Leonard @ 1/8/2016 7:03 AM

@xxxxx. Clearly, in this country, police have no problem shooting anyone or anything. What I want to see are officers that are trained well enough to distinguish between a perceived and actual threat. Trained to use deadly force as a last resort rather than first and have the ability to deescalate situations with suspects prior to engaging in force. Shooting at no hesitation targets do nothing to improve these skills an officer should have.

xxxxx @ 1/8/2016 5:34 PM

And you know this how? Just curious.

xxxxx @ 1/8/2016 5:42 PM

Policing in America is a whole different animal than the other countries you talk about. Can we do better? Of course, we can. However, I think most are doing a pretty good job.

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