Turning His Life Around
Fifteen years bad, and he was oh-so-close to turning it all around:
- A 15-year-old who allegedly pointed a gun at officers was shot in the head by police last week in the South Side’s Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood, authorities said.
Officers near the 6700 block of South Indiana said they saw Dakota Bright with a handgun about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, police said.
The officers approached, but Dakota fled on foot and the officers chased him, according a statement from the Chicago Police. During the pursuit, the officers shot Dakota. A weapon was recovered at the scene, police said.
[...] Meanwhile Saturday, a large group marched around the neighborhood to protest the shooting, which they say was unjustified. “No more cops killing our kids,” about 50 protesters shouted as they walked past the scene of the shooting and made their way to Marquette and King Drive.
Dakota’s family questions why police shot the teen, who they say was on his way to his grandmother’s house in the 6700 block of South Prairie.
“He wasn’t the monster they’re making him out to be,” said his mother, Panzy Edwards. She said she doesn’t believe the police account of what happened. “No matter what he did or how he did it, they shouldn’t have killed him.”
[...] “He was an average teenager,” said his aunt, Tianne Bright. “He wasn’t no violent person.”
Average in that part of town we guess. Slightly different story over by the Tribune:
- Police sources said he was a gang member with an arrest history that includes robbery and aggravated battery to a police officer.
Anyone want to guess if those robbery charges were armed robbery? And the aggravated battery charge kind of gives lie to the "no violent person" story.
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