Chicago police officer shoots, kills man and woman – Reuters


CHICAGO A Chicago police officer shot and killed a black man and a black woman early on Saturday morning following a report of a domestic disturbance, officials said.

The police department of the nation’s third-largest city is under a federal civil rights investigation for its use of deadly force, among other issues.

A recently released video of the shooting death of a black teenager by a white officer in 2014 has led to multiple protests including one on Christmas Eve in Chicago’s most prestigious shopping district. Protesters have called for the resignation of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The latest shooting happened early on Saturday on the city’s west side, police said.

“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals,” police said in a statement.

The shooting is being investigated by the Independent Police Review Authority, which reviews police misconduct. Emanuel recently replaced the authority’s chief official in response to complaints about the agency’s effectiveness.

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office identified the dead as Bettie R. Jones, 55, and Quientonio Legreir, 19. Both were pronounced dead soon after being taken to hospitals.

Citing family members, NBC Chicago said Jones was a mother of five and Legreir an engineering student at Northern Illinois University. NBC said witnesses reported that Legreir had threatened a family member with a metal baseball bat.

Use of force by police, especially against minorities, has sparked national debate after high-profile killings of black men by mainly white officers in several U.S. cities.

(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Additional reporting by Justin Madden in Chicago; Editing by Ruth Pitchford and Bill Rigby)

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