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Mother of Black Teen Shot & Killed by Chicago Police Says Officers Wouldn’t Let Her See His Body

Dawn McIntosh, mother of Roshad McIntosh, who was shot and killed by Chicago police on August 24

Chicago police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale on August 24. His mother was at a press conference after a letter was delivered to the United States Justice Department calling on the federal government to come to the city and investigate crimes by police officers, who have escaped accountability and justice.

Dawn McIntosh, who was crying, declared, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway.”

Also, she said, “He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

“They wouldn’t let me see him,” McIntosh shared. “I still didn’t see him until yesterday when I identified his body. It’s not right. It’s not right. And I want justice served. I want justice served for that officer who took my son away.”

Roshad’s aunt, who did not provide her name, told those gathered that the police informed her “they needed to do an investigation.” She did not even get a chance to “say goodbye, kiss her baby and tell her baby how much she loved him.”

Dawn explained that she still doesn’t know the name of the officer, who shot her son.

“I don’t know of age, nothing. I don’t know what he looks like. But, if it was the other way around and somebody had killed the police officer, their name, their age, their address, their nationality, everything, where they’re from, their whole history would have been on the news,” she suggested.

She concluded with a message for the Chicago police, “I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s right. I want some answers, and I’m not going to stop here. Just know that. If they’re looking and watching, know that I’m not going to stop because you took something away from me. You took my baby away from me.”

According to the police, they had received a call that “armed men” were in the area around 7:10 pm. The police claim they “tried to talk” to Roshad and then he ran away. Police chased him onto a porch. Next, police say he pulled out a gun and pointed it an officer, who then shot and killed him.

A “weapon” was allegedly recovered from the scene, but police have not indicated what type of weapon and if it was, in fact, a gun.

Residents have been showing support by protesting the shooting, and they say he had his hands up and was on his knees. This would mean that Roshad posed no threat. Police could have safely apprehended him, and he would still probably be alive.

Did Roshad happen to be in the same area as the “armed suspects,” who police were looking for and so he automatically became a suspect? Was he afraid of police and took off? What happened remains unclear.

However, it is apparent that police officers shoot and kill people like Roshad McIntosh with great frequency and are able to get away with it. Mothers are robbed of their children and left crying for truth and justice, which they may never obtain.

Jeff Baker, who is a part of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) and the “Stop Police Crimes” campaign, praised people like Dawn, who have the courage to speak out against the police even when they know what the police just did to their loved ones.

“Many of these families are threatened and many of them are cursed out and many of them should be fearful for their lives, but they keep fighting because this incident has made them realize that nobody is going to save us but us. Nobody is going to protect us but us. They’re soldiers, and we need more of them. We need more of them to become as brave as they are before they become victims,” Baker said.

According to the Chicago Tribune, thirty-six people, 26 of them black males, were shot by police last year. So far, Chicago police have shot 34 people this year. (Notice that those numbers do not indicate if those people died after being shot by police.)

“Of 176 police-involved shootings investigated by the [Independent Police Review Authority] since November 2007 and posted on its website, officers were found to have violated department policies in just three cases, according to a Tribune review.”

As Baker said, the frequency in which people get shot and killed by police is terrible in and of itself, but what is also terrible is the “frequency in which they get away with it.”

“If they don’t fear discipline, why should the officer think twice about pulling the trigger and then asking questions later? They don’t. They don’t fear discipline. They don’t fear any type of retribution so, therefore, they act the way that they do.”

That is why Baker and others in Chicago have been involved in advocating for the creation of an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) so that people have the power to discipline police and bring in a special prosecutor when the local prosecutor won’t prosecute police crimes.

Video of Roshad McIntosh’s mother, Dawn, speaking: 

Video of interview with Jeff Baker on Chicago police crimes and efforts to establish a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC):

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Mother of Black Teen Shot & Killed by Chicago Police Says Officers Wouldn’t Let Her See His Body

Dawn McIntosh, mother of Roshad McIntosh, who was shot and killed by Chicago police on August 24

Chicago police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale on August 24. His mother was at a press conference after a letter was delivered to the United States Justice Department calling on the federal government to come to the city and investigate crimes by police officers, who have escaped accountability and justice.

Dawn McIntosh, who was crying, declared, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway.”

Also, she said, “He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”

“They wouldn’t let me see him,” McIntosh shared. “I still didn’t see him until yesterday when I identified his body. It’s not right. It’s not right. And I want justice served. I want justice served for that officer who took my son away.”

Roshad’s aunt, who did not provide her name, told those gathered that the police informed her “they needed to do an investigation.” She did not even get a chance to “say goodbye, kiss her baby and tell her baby how much she loved him.”

Dawn explained that she still doesn’t know the name of the officer, who shot her son.

“I don’t know of age, nothing. I don’t know what he looks like. But, if it was the other way around and somebody had killed the police officer, they’re name, they’re age, they’re address, they’re nationality, everything, where they’re from, they’re whole history would have been on the news,” she suggested.

She concluded with a message for the Chicago police, “I don’t think it’s fair, and I don’t think it’s right. I want some answers, and I’m not going to stop here. Just know that. If they’re looking and watching, know that I’m not going to stop because you took something away from me. You took my baby away from me.”

According to the police, they had received a call that “armed men” were in the area around 7:10 pm. The police claim they “tried to talk” to Roshad and then he ran away. Police chased him onto a porch. Next, police say he pulled out a gun and pointed it an officer, who then shot and killed him.

A “weapon” was allegedly recovered from the scene, but police have not indicated what type of weapon and if it was, in fact, a gun.

Residents have been showing support by protesting the shooting, and they say he had his hands up and was on his knees. This would mean that Roshad posed no threat. Police could have safely apprehended him, and he would still probably be alive.

Did Roshad happen to be in the same area as the “armed suspects,” who police were looking for and so he automatically became a suspect? Was he afraid of police and took off? What happened remains unclear.

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