Bettie Jones the aunt of Jahmal Cole's wife was shot and killed the morning after Christmas.
Police responded to an alleged domestic violence situation involving the LeGrier family that lived above Ms. Jones. The threat in question was Quintonion LeGrier, "who was suffering "mental problems," according to his parents. He reportedly became aggressive against his father, Antonio LeGrier, and began threatening him with a baseball bat." Upon being requested by police to open her door Bettie Jones and Quintonion LeGrier were both fatally shot by one police officer.
I want to emphasize the threat - a man with a baseball bat, and the cause - the police officer felt threatened.
"F---, no, no, no. I thought he was lunging at me with the [baseball] bat"
- Police officer who killed two people
Both LeGrier and Jones were shot not to protect the lives of the parties involved in the "domestic dispute", but that of the police officer called to diffuse the situation. Why was the police officer with his gun drawn close enough to LeGrier holding a baseball bat to feel threatened?
THIS IS NOT NEW, THIS IS NOT NEWS
We have been working for our communities and our youth as My Block My Hood My City for 2 years now, and it's events like these that fuel our cause. That fuel our passion to make Chicago a better place - No, not better - more specifically a place not to be ashamed of. A place that at it's core is JUST.
The media is there to report on a HOT issue that coincides with a trend of reporting on Police Brutality and Violence in our city. More importantly My Block My Hood My City and our fellow activists around the city are there and working to create a positive narrative. A narrative that humanizes the lives lost, produces empathy in otherwise un-empathetic audiences, and creates a call to action at an individual level - a movement of individuals.
For more coverage on the events that took place the morning after Christmas and the message being elevated by Jahmal Cole and My Block My Hood My City, tune into CNN 9pm tomorrow night.