As civil unrest continues in the St. Louis area with even more riots promised should officer Darren Wilson escape punishment, another officer-involved shooting of a black teen is making news in Chicago.
Mike Brown, the young man fatally shot by Wilson in Ferguson, Mo. earlier this year, was initially portrayed as an innocent victim of an activist police force. Recent evidence has surfaced, however, showing the officer’s claim that he acted in self-defense is likely an accurate portrayal of events.
As it currently stands, the family of 17-year-old Tykwon Davis is floating a very similar narrative in Chicago, claiming the teen was shot in the back after being targeted by a cop. Police, though, say Davis shot at the officer who returned fire, critically injuring him.
— Jessica D’Onofrio (@donofrioABC7) October 30, 2014
According to WMAQ, officers arrived on the scene late Wednesday evening to find two armed males firing at each other across the road. Upon making their presence known, police say one of the suspects turned and began firing at the officers.
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Tykwon Davis was just a 17 year old ‘good boy’ who had just got out of jail and promptly got in a gun fight with a rival and shot at cops — The Doctor (@THERACISTDOC) October 30, 2014
Davis’ mother, Willette Middleton, has her own theory.
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“He didn’t shoot the police,” she asserted. “They shot him. They shot him five times, for no reason, in the back.”
Tyrone Davis, the teen’s father, is similarly skeptical of the narrative against his son — who had reportedly just been released from juvenile detention.
“The police always say when they shoot somebody they killed, ‘Oh, he pointed a gun at the police,’” he said. “Come on, now. Out there in the world, how many times do we got to keep hearing this same thing over and over again. He pointed a gun? Only somebody that’s really stupid is going to point a gun at a bunch of police officers.”
As was the case with Brown’s shooting, early reports – especially made by parties not present during the shooting – are subject to amendment upon the analysis of evidence.
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