The officer opened fire at the vehicle that authorities say was reversing as he approached on Tuesday in Waukegan. The incident left the passenger and driver hospitalized according to police.
“The city of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations,’’ chief of police Wayne Walles said on Friday. He however did not mention the violations in detail and neither did he mention the name of the officer.
The two in the car were Tafarra Williams who was the driver and Marcellis Stinnette a 19-year-old boy. They rushed both victims to hospital where Marcellis died from the gunshot wounds he sustained.
Previous shooting for a black man
Tensions have since risen between the community and the police because this is another death of a black man at the hands of police. This is the latest incident following months of protests over racial injustice and police brutality. The death of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 ignited the protests.
In a video released, driver Tafarra Williams spoke from her hospital bed asking the police officer why he shot at them.
“I didn’t do nothing wrong. I have a license. You didn’t tell me I was under arrest. Why did you just flame up my car like that? Why did you shoot?’’ Williams asked.
The Waukegan case was turned over to the Illinois State Police before the officer was fired. They however, will conduct an independent investigation including the police bodycam and squad car footage.
According to a family member, Marcellis Stinnette who died, was Williams’ boyfriend.
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