Protesters Assail Police Killing of Black Man in Waukegan, IL

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The Illinois State Police are investigating the killing of a 19-year-old Black man by a police officer in Waukegan, north of Chicago, It is the latest police shooting to set off protests amid nationwide demonstrations against police violence against minorities, the New York Times reports. Waukegan police said Marcellis Stinnette was shot on Tuesday night when he was riding in a car that went into reverse toward a police officer who had been approaching during an investigation. The officer fired his semiautomatic pistol into the car, killing Stinnette and seriously injuring the driver, whom the police identified as a Black woman in her 20s. Police said the officer, a Hispanic man who had been with department for five years, had opened fire “in fear for his safety.”

The shooting prompted outrage among protesters and family members of Stinnette and the driver. No gun was found inside the car. Demonstrators in Waukegan, a city of 86,000, 42 miles north of Chicago, called for the Department of Justice to take over the investigation into the shooting, saying they did not trust the Illinois State Police to investigate the Waukegan police. Waukegan police officers are equipped with body cameras and cameras in their squad cars, and footage of the encounter has been turned over to the state police.  The episode occurred 16 miles south of Kenosha, Wi., where Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was left partly paralyzed in August after a white police officer shot him seven times in the back.

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