Jesus Take the Wheel: 15 Year-Old Black Boy Killed By Police

- By Bossip Staff

This is a crying shame, these police officers are way the fu*k out of hand:

CHAMPAIGN – Members of the black community mourned one boy’s death and called for another 15-year-old to be released from juvenile detention Monday. Kiwane Carrington died Friday afternoon after being shot in a scuffle with police. Another youth, whose name has not been released, is still being detained and will have a juvenile court appearance today. Such appearances are not open to the public. Laura Manning, the mother of the boy still in custody, said at a Monday press conference that her son is a slight youth who has not reached his full height. She said he was not a threat to a police officer who, along with Police Chief R.T. Finney, confronted him and Mr. Carrington at about 1:20 p.m. Friday after a neighbor called 911 to report a possible burglary at 906 W. Vine St., C. The boys had been let out early from READY school and went to a house where Mr. Carrington had stayed last summer, and was a frequent visitor. At a press conference Monday at the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media Center, Debra Thomas, who lives at the Vine Street house, said the teen was a good boy and was welcome at her home. A 911 caller had said the two boys were trying to get into the house through doors and windows, and officers responded.When the boys did not do as ordered by the police, a scuffle ensued, and the unidentified officer’s handgun went off, according to police. He was placed on paid administrative leave, Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said on Friday.

Police were not commenting on the accusation Monday. “When the facts are in, the city plans to be fully open and transparent about what happened,” Mayor Jerry Schweighart said Monday in a prepared statement. He said the investigation, led by the Illinois State Police, could take several weeks.” This has been tough on our community, and our sympathy goes out to everyone involved,” the mayor added. Kenesha Williams, Mr. Carrington’s sister and guardian, was at the press conference. Family members said he was a good kid who had been troubled in the last year, after his mother died of pancreatic cancer. Thomas also praised the young man, and asked, “How was it burglary when he was welcome there?”

She said police, not burglars, had damaged her house, including breaking off the back door. Family members also said they were not notified of the young man’s death for several hours. Community leaders called for more openness from the police about the investigation into the shooting. “Everybody is edgy. There are more questions than there are answers,” said Champaign County NAACP President Jerome Chambers. “How do we stop our black boys from dying where the authorities are the ones in question?”

SMH. R.I.P.

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