Quintonio LeGrier, a 19-year-old engineering student, and Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, were killed by police in Chicago on Dec. 26. Now, the families of both are demanding answers (video below).
According to the Chicago Police Department, officers responded to an “assault in progress” call at about 4:30 a.m. when they were “confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer's weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” notes the Chicago Tribune.
Quintonio was carrying a baseball bat and threatening his father, Antonio LeGrier, according to a police source who spoke with the Chicago Tribune. Jones lived downstairs from the family and was asked by Antonio to watch for the police.
“[Jones] was accidentally struck and tragically killed," the Chicago Police Department said in a statement.
Quintonio was shot by police and taken to a local hospital where he died.
Missing from the police statements is why exactly the cop fired his gun, if the officer had a stun gun, and where Quintonio and Jones were standing when they were shot.
Instead of answering these questions from the media, the police department referred to the Independent Police Review Authority, which would only say the shooting had happened.
The Fraternal Order of Police, a police union, also refused to comment about the shootings.
“Anytime an officer uses force the public deserves answers, and regardless of the circumstances we all grieve anytime there is a loss of life in our city," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who is currently vacationing in Cuba, said in a statement.
“I want this investigation to be thorough,” Jones' cousin, Evelyn Glover Jennings, told the newspaper. “I want answers. Her blood is crying out from the grave saying, ‘Evelyn, avenge me.'”
Antonio said his son had “emotional issues” but added that the cop “messed up.”
“I don't feel that his life was worth losing because he got upset,” Antonio noted.
"I used to watch the news daily, and I would grieve for other mothers, other family members," Janet Cooksey, Quintonio's mother, told the media, reported CBS This Morning.
"And now today, I'm grieving myself," Cooksey added. "When [does] it come to an end?"
"We hope to hear from the president," Rev. Ira Acree, a local activist, added. "President [Barack] Obama, we are under siege."