US Video of fatal Waukegan, Illinois, police shooting will be released, mayor says
'Yes, I'm nervous': Mayor urges calm after police shooting of unarmed Black couple
Mayor Sam Cunningham said he knows the families of the couple shot by officers. Mayor Sam Cunningham said he is close personal friends with the grieving families of the couple shot on Tuesday night in the Chicago suburb, prompting outrage and plans for a large protest on Thursday.
Video of the fatal police shooting of a Black teen and wounding of a Black woman in Illinois will be released this week, the city's mayor said.
A police officer in Waukegan shot and killed Marcellis Stinnette, 19, and wounded Tafara Williams, 20, last Tuesday. Mayor Sam Cunningham said the city plans to publicly release bodycam and dashcam video of the shooting after Stinnette's family has reviewed the footage,
“Let’s be clear: This situation requires their approval before we move on,” Cunningham said during a prayer vigil for Stinnette on Sunday.
Black couple didn't provoke shooting by police, relative says
“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 girlfriend's mother said.Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed and his girlfriend and the mother of his child, Tafara Williams, was wounded when a police officer in Waukegan opened fire Tuesday night after police said Williams’ vehicle started rolling toward the officer following a traffic stop.
Cunningham said he intends to release the video before Thursday, the deadline that a Freedom of Information Act request requires,
Cunningham urged the community to "respect the process," which so far has resulted in. The officer, who was identified only as a Hispanic five-year member of the department, was terminated Friday night "for multiple policy and procedure violations," Department Commander Edgar Navarro said in a news release.
Police officer fired after fatal shooting involving unarmed Black couple
Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed when an officer opened fire on his car. The Waukegan, Illinois, officer, who has still not been named, was fired late Friday, according to Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles.
The announcement about the video followed multiple days of protests in Waukegan. Williams, who is still in the hospital, spoke to a group of about 200 protesters via cellphone Saturday and said she “won’t sleep until Marcellis gets justice,"
“Don’t allow them to do this to us. No justice, no peace," Williams said. "And my son don’t have a father no more, but I’m fighting for him, and I’m in this hospital, and I’m trying to be strong."
The police video of the shooting is important because the police version of events and the version Clifftina Johnson said her wounded daughter, Williams, shared with her appear to contradict each other, activist Chris Blanks told The Associated Press.
Johnson said her daughter told her the couple had done nothing to provoke the officer.
Waukegan police said. As a second officer approached, the vehicle started moving in reverse, police said. The initial police report said the officer was "in fear for his safety" and shot Stinnette and Williams. No weapon was found in the vehicle.
Illinois police department fires officer who shot Black couple in car
An Illinois police chief announced Friday that an officer has been fired after they who shot a Black couple sitting inside their car, killing one person and injuring the other.Waukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said in a brief statement that the city had terminated the officer "for multiple policy and procedure violations," without providing more details or the naming the officer.The announcement came shortly after Lake County's chiefWaukegan Police Chief Wayne Walles said in a brief statement that the city had terminated the officer "for multiple policy and procedure violations," without providing more details or the naming the officer.
'Mama, they just shot us for nothing':
Illinois State Police's Public Integrity Task Force was investigating the incident, and the Waukegan Police Department had turned over all reports, body cam and dashcam videos, Navarro said.
Lake County State's Attorney Michael Nerheim said last week that he would review the state police investigation and make the "entire case file" available to the public once complete.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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Waukegan Cop Who Killed Marcellis Stinnette Allegedly Pistol-Whipped Another Unarmed Man .
The fired Waukegan, Illinois, cop who fatally shot 19-year-old Marcellis Stinnette and injured 20-year-old Tafara Williams has been identified as Dante Salinas, according to court documents. The officer, who was identified in a lawsuit filed by Williams Wednesday evening, was also involved in another violent incident more than a year before Stinnette’s death in which he allegedly pistol-whipped an unarmed man during an arrest outside his nephew’s baptism party, court documents show.