The 2015 shooting death of Quintonio Legrier further inflamed tensions between Chicago citizens of color and Chicago police. In fact, Legrier’s father had called the cops for assistance, but an overzealous police officer ultimately shot dead the woman who opened the door for him, then Quintonio. He then sued Legrier’s father.
Yep, he did that.
Add this shooting to the pantheon of nationwide murders of African-Americans at the hands of police, the impetus for Black Lives Matter and a number of other initiatives and events aimed at correcting law enforcement’s reflex to occupy communities of color when they’re called to protect.
I’ve written on this topic for Vice news:
The Cop Who’s Suing the Family of the Teen He Killed Is Why People Hate Cops
Rahm Emanuel and Chicago’s Policing Nightmare
People in Chicago Don’t Need a Report to Know the Cops Are Racist As Hell