After Latest Shootings, Chicago Mayor Orders Police Training


After the latest controversial fatal shootings by police, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has ordered enhanced training for officers on how to deal with people with mental health problems, reports CNN. Police on Saturday shot and killed Bettie Jones, 55, and Quintonio LeGrier, 19, while answering a call about a domestic disturbance. Some of LeGrier’s family members said he suffered from mental illness. Emanuel ordered interim Police Superintendent John Escalante to “determine the deficiencies in the current training, and determine what steps can be taken immediately to address them.”

Police said an officer shot LeGrier, who was carrying a metal bat and acting in a “combative” manner, early Saturday morning. Jones, a neighbor, was “accidentally struck and tragically killed,” police said. Police did not name the officer who fired the fatal shots–a controversial policy that many police departments have abandoned in favor of openness. Escalante offered “deepest condolences” to Jones’ family. He also announced a policy change: Officers involved in shooting will be assigned to desk duty for 30 days.

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