Bettie Jones' & Quintonio LeGrier's Autopsies Still Leave Unanswered Questions
The Cook County medical examiner's office on Sunday released the autopsy reports for Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier, who were fatally shot by police the day before. Jones, 55, died from a gunshot wound to the chest while LeGrier, 19, died from multiple gunshot wounds. Both deaths were listed as homicides.
But a homicide status doesn't definitively say whether or not police were in the wrong for Jones' and LeGrier's shooting deaths, according to the Associated Press, and it will be some time before authorities fully announce their findings in what led to the fatal shooting. The Chicago police officer or officers who were involved are currently being investigated by the city's Independent Police Review Authority. Authorities have yet to disclose specific information about who was involved in the shooting, including how many officers opened fire and their racial backgrounds, but told reporters that those involved have been put on administrative duty for 30 days.
Chicago police responded to a domestic disturbance call early Saturday morning after LeGrier's father, Antonio LeGrier, called authorities because his son allegedly threatened him with a baseball bat. LeGrier, a student at Northern Illinois University, was home visiting for the holidays. Jones, who lived below Antonio LeGrier, died after reportedly opening the door for police. LeGrier was also shot and killed in the doorway.
The Chicago Police Department is currently under federal review, a move that came after the release of dash cam footage that showed 17-year-old Laquan McDonald die after being shot 16 times by police. The U.S. Justice Department is investigating the city's police for its use of force, including "racial, ethnic, and other disparities," according to Attorney General Loretta Lynch. That inquiry is separate from an already ongoing federal investigation that's specifically looking into McDonald's death. Jones' and LeGrier's deaths marks another sad chapter for the city of Chicago and leaves more unanswered questions for the city's police.