Jimmell Cannon in Intensive Care
Is this a case of the Chicago police use of excessive force, or was this a justifiable shooting of an alleged armed 13-year-old boy? There are varying opinions on exactly what occurred.
In a recent statement the Chicago police said they were responding to a report of gunshots being fired around 11 p.m. when they tried to talk to a teen in the 4200 block of West Cortez. Jimmell Cannon apparently matched the description of the alleged gunman. The Fraternal Order of Police stated in a recent press conference ,“The boy had what appeared to be a pistol in his hand and ran away from the officers.” The teen then allegedly refused orders to drop the gun, according to police, and pointed it in the direction of the officers. An officer fired multiple shots, critically wounding the young man. The Fraternal Order Police said the officers handled the situation properly because a weapon was pointed at them and a BB gun was later recovered at the crime scene.
Family speaks out against shooting
Cannon’s family says they were at a birthday party for a cousin when the shooting took place. They say his hands were in the air, and were not holding a gun when the shots were fired. Jimmell was struck in the shoulders, hand and leg; his father reports that he is in stable condition and expected to recover. He also says Jimmell is a good kid and was not caught up in the wrong crowd. Was this simply a case of mistaken identity? If the family’s account of what happened proves to be true, then there may be a case of federal civil rights violations and a major lawsuit underway.
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