A suburban Chicago police sting that ended with an officer shooting a drug-dealing suspect has prompted questions of public safety after the bullets flew near a school, reports the Chicago Tribune. Illinois State Police officials have started an investigation into the undercover operation, in which officers arranged a meeting Tuesday to sell cocaine to two suspects in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant just yards from a school that was in session at the time.
“I’m upset the police would create a situation like that next to a school,” said Monica Boutwell, whose 10-year-old daughter attends the school. “The drug dealers could have had weapons too, and it could have gotten ugly. They should have known that. Things don’t always work out the way you plan.” Authorities said the sting turned violent after undercover officers sold a kilogram of fake cocaine to the suspects in a McDonald’s parking lot and then revealed their true identities. DePaul University law Prof. Leonard Cavise believes high-risk stings should be outlawed near schools. “They really should be prohibited from conducting an operation in public, high-traffic areas near children,” he said. “It’s just not worth it.”