Target: Cook County, Chicago State Attorney Anita Alvarez
Goal: Prosecute cops who allegedly shot and killed a teenager and an innocent woman, if evidence shows they inappropriately fired weapons at apartment building.
A 19-year-old boy and a 55-year-old woman who were reportedly shot dead by police on Christmas day. This news comes right in the midst of Chicago police being scrutinized for numerous cases of alleged excessive force.
The police were reportedly called to the apartment building after the teenager and his father had an argument. A brief statement was released by the police, basically justifying the shootings and assuming no responsibility whatsoever. They claimed they were “confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon” and that the woman was “accidentally struck.” An apartment building seems an inappropriate setting for police to fire weapons, especially multiple times. Many citizens say police could’ve easily used other methods like stun guns if they felt the need to subdue the teen. This woman who lived in the apartment building and was “accidentally” shot would still be alive if police had used more appropriate measures.
If we ever want the number of “accidental killings” by police to decrease, the officers found guilty must be brought to justice. Otherwise, the rampant police violence will only continue. Too many lives are being senselessly taken by officers whose job is to serve and protect, not kill and destroy. Demand the officers involved in the shootings be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law, if found guilty of using excessive force.
Dear Attorney Alvarez,
Chicago police allegedly arrived at an apartment after a teenager and his father had an argument, but it ended tragically with the teenager and a woman being shot and killed by officers. According to the statement released to the public, it was an accident, but the police appear to be taking no responsibility for their decision to start shooting at an apartment building.
This is just one of many cases where Chicago police are under scrutiny for killing citizens. It’s time for these senseless killings to stop. We urge you to see to it that the officers involved are prosecuted to the fullest extent, if found guilty of using excessive force or inappropriately firing their weapons.
[Your Name Here]
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