Reported by April V. Taylor
While many news articles focus on the violence that takes place between the citizens of Chicago, a recent news article published by the Chicago Tribune turns the spotlight on violence between the police and the city’s citizens. Five people, including a 16-year old boy were shot by Chicago police over the course of 36 hours recently.
The 16-year old was reportedly hiding under a car located in the city’s Gresham neighborhood. Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden reports that officers were called to the area after someone called 911 around 6:30 p.m. to report that shots had been fired in the area. The boy, who fit the suspect’s description, led police on a chase and tried to blend into a block party. He then left when those in attendance complained about his presence.
After the leaving the party, the teen apparently hid under a car. Once officers convinced him to come out from under the car, they requested that he drop his weapons. Officers fired on him after he did not comply with the request. He was identified by friends and family at the scene as Warren Robinson.
Family members report that neighbor and police accounts of what happened conflict. Georgina Utendahl, Robinson’s mother, reports that police would not provide her with any information about why her son was shot. She stated, “The police killed him. Why they killed him, I don’t know. We want answers. We’ve been up here since 7.”
Keiyana Hawkins, a neighbor who lives on the block where the shooting took place, states that she saw someone running and surrendering to police with his hands in the air when an officer started shooting at the person.
This isn’t the first teen that has been slated by police officers. Pedro Rios, a 14-year old, was also shot and killed by officers in the Portage Park neighborhood. The Tribune reports that a total of three men were shot by Chicago police on Friday alone. While something must be done about the epidemic of violence in Chicago, police officers killing citizens is not the answer and only serves to perpetuate the existing cycle of violence.