Chicago shootings and why so many police calls involving the mentally ill end in death

Quintonio LeGrier was killed Saturday by Chicago police. He and at least 246 other people with mental health problems have been fatally shot by U.S. police in 2015.

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Video of Chicago Cops Killing #AlfontishCockerham Exposes Dept Tendency of Lying About Police Shootings

Chicago, IL — Chicago Police are again the subject of controversy, in yet another shooting where the police department’s explanation and the evidence don’t add up. In the early morning hours of June 20, 2015, twenty-two-year-old Alfontish “Nunu” Cockerham was shot by police who were investigating a call about men with guns standing in the area of 71st and Merrill on Chicago’s south side. Days later, he succumb to his injuries and died in the hospital.


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Laquan McDonald

Laquan McDonald (1997?-2014) was a 17-year-old Black American teenager killed by Chicago police on the night of October 20th 2014. His killer, Jason Van Dyke, was White. McDonald was armed with a knife – but was shot in the back.

On that night
, McDonald was walking down the middle of the street with a knife. He does not seem to know what is going on.Four police cars show up. McDonald is walking away from the police when one of the officers shoots him. McDonald spins and falls to the ground. For the next 13 seconds the officer keeps shooting. McDonald’s body moves only when struck by bullets. They kick away his knife – and then leave him there like a piece of trash.

He was still alive when the ambulance arrived, but died on the way to the hospital.

The next morning
 the medical examinercounts 16 bullets, two in the back.


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