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Illinois police shoot and kill unarmed Black teenager, hospitalize his girlfriend after reports of a “suspicious vehicle”

Illinois police shoot and kill unarmed Black teenager, hospitalize his girlfriend after reports of a “suspicious vehicle”

Illinois police shoot and kill unarmed Black teenager, hospitalize his girlfriend after reports of a “suspicious vehicle”

The killing of Black men in America by the police never ceases.

On the evening of October 20th, police in Waukegan, Illinois, shot and killed an unarmed Black teenager while he was in the car with his girlfriend. Reports of a “suspicious vehicle” — which almost certainly translates to “some nosy white person saw two Black people sitting in a car and called the cops on them” —  led a police officer to shoot and kill Marcellis Stinnette, 19, who was in his car with the mother of his child, Tafarra Williams.

Williams was hospitalized with gunshot wounds to her stomach and hand.

The police officer says the car began to reverse as he exited his vehicle, leading him to “fear for his safety” and the immediate execution of the driver.

A witness tells a different story. “The police officer got out of the car. When he told them to stop, he told her to stop, she was scared. She put up hands, she started yelling, ‘Why you got a gun?’ She started screaming. He just started shooting,” said Darrell Mosier.

“When I got there, she said, “Mama, they just shot us for nothing,” said Clifftina Johnson, Williams’ mother, to ABC 7 News. “My daughter said she put her hand up, and if she didn’t put her hand up, she said, ‘Mama, I would be dead.’”

The two police officers involved have been placed on administrative leave. No weapons were discovered in the vehicle.

What is there that can be said that hasn’t already been said after the murder of George Floyd? After the murder of Breonna Taylor? After the shooting of Jacob Blade? After David McAtee? Eric Garner? Sean Bell? Tamir Rice? John Crawford III? Philando Castile? Akai Gurley? Michael Brown? The grim list of the names of the dead goes on and on.

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