Chicago police fatally shot an armed man Saturday evening, igniting a protest near the scene in the city’s South Shore neighborhood that led to four arrests, officials said.
Officers on foot tried to question the man when the confrontation developed and he was shot, Chicago Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
Police said the man had been “exhibiting characteristics of an armed person.”
The man became combative and eventually broke free from the officers, Waller said.
“They thought he appeared to be reaching for a weapon, which he did have a weapon on him, and the officers tragically shot him,” he said.
The man was thought to be in his 30s, the Chicago Sun-Times reported. He was pronounced dead at Jackson Park Hospital, a Chicago Fire spokesman said.
No police officers were injured, Guglielmi said.
Some people claimed a female officer shot the man at least five times in the back as he ran away, the newspaper reported.
They said the officer was taken away from the scene in a police vehicle as a crowd of about 100 people formed immediately after the shooting.
The size of the crowd created a tense situation where protesters jostled with police, who then cordoned off the area.
A brief scuffle broke out between chanting protesters and police officers holding batons.
“It got a little bit out of hand. Several arrests were made,” Waller said.
Guglielmi tweeted that four protesters were arrested.
The Sun-Times reported that officers hit at least one man with a baton, while some protesters punched back and others threw glass bottles at officers.
Several officers were injured from rocks and the thrown bottles, Guglielmi tweeted.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a chaotic scene erupted as the crowd chanted “Murderers!”
In other crime news, a Texas woman was sentenced to 40 years in prison after attempting to prostitute her 2 year old daughter.
Sarah Peters, then 24-years-old at the time, arranged to drive her toddler daughter 40 miles north of Houston to Conroe in February, according to the Star-Telegram.
There, a John was offering $1,200 for “sex acts with the child,” according to Montgomery County District Attorney Brett Ligon. The customer at a Greyhound bus station was later revealed to be Detective Jerry Serratt, part of a task force targeting Internet crimes involving children, according to the local report.
Law enforcement became concerned with Peters when she asked the undercover Serratt if he knew of “any guys that would pay to have fun” with the toddler, according to the paper. The mother also provided nude photographs of the 2-year-old to tempt any interested parties. The task force joined with special agents from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to arrest Peters and take protective custody of the young girl on February 22.
Peters will now spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty this week, based on concurrent sentences for sexual performance of a child, promotion of prostitution of a child, and attempted human trafficking, according to the Dallas Morning News.
In another attempt at child trafficking, a woman in Corpus Christi, Texas, is in jail after police say she sold her seven-year-old son to two men. She was also allegedly in the process of selling two other children when police intervened.
Texas Department of Public Safety troopers executed a search warrant after finding a seven-year-old boy who they say was sold by his mother to two men. Investigators raided the home of 29-year-old Esmeralda Garza on June 29 and took the mother of at least three children into custody, KRIS NBC6 reported.
Peters will be eligible for parole in 2038.
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July 15th, 2018