CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police fatally shot a 19-year-old man and 55-year-old woman over the weekend, again putting a spotlight on one of the nation’s largest police departments and raising questions about whether its officers are too quick to use deadly force.
The double shooting, which already has led to a civil lawsuit filed Monday, follows the Nov. 24 release of video showing white officer Jason Van Dyke shooting black 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times in 2014. The release of the video sparked persistent protests, forced the resignation of the city’s police chief and led to a wide-ranging civil rights investigation of the entire Chicago Police Department by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The following is a look at the latest shooting, what questions remain unanswered and what’s likely to happen next:
FACTS NOT IN DISPUTE
It’s clear that at least one police officer opened fire early Saturday at a two-story home on Chicago’s West Side. Mortally wounded by the gunfire was 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, who was home from college for the holidays and staying with his father in an upstairs apartment. Also killed was 55-year-old Bettie Jones, who lived in the ground-floor apartment. Both were black. Police were responding to at least one …read more
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