Civilian Police board in Chicago wants police fired for justified shootings

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CHICAGO, IL – The issue with having civilian police accountability boards, is that they may not be astute with the ins and outs of law enforcement protocols.  This is evident in Chicago where the board wants to terminate two officers who were justified in their use of deadly force in an incident from 2018.

In this incident, Chicago Police Officers David Taylor and Larry Lanier responded to a 911 complaint regarding a man with a firearm.

When the officers arrived on scene, the suspect, Terrel Eason, was in the backyard of a residence.  Both officers ordered Eason to drop his firearm several times and that order was ignored.

Officers, fearing for their lives, opened fire, striking and injuring Eason who collapsed in the yard.  Another officer, who arrived on scene after the initial shots, entered the backyard.

Body camera footage shows Eason fall to the ground, then begin to stand, still armed with the gun in his right hand.  Once upright, Eason fell again.

The Police Review Board decided to terminate both officers for shooting Eason, despite the fact that Eason was armed with a gun and threatening officers, and for failing to activate their body cameras.  

Chicago Police Department Superintendent, David Brown, disagreed with the board and their plans to terminate the officers for defending themselves.  Brown agreed that officers should have activated their body  cameras, but disagreed that they should be terminated.

In regards to Taylor and Lanier not activating their body cameras prior to the shooting, Brown recommended that they each receive a reprimand for violation of the department’s policy.  According to the Chicago Tribune, Brown did not believe that either officer should be suspended for their actions in this circumstance.

Regardless of Brown’s recommendation, Chicago Police Board Member, Matthew Crowl, disagreed.  

An attorney for Taylor, Tim Grace, said that the officers were both justified in their use of force under the circumstances.  He told the Chicago Tribune that the officers and he agree with Brown’s recommendation. 

He said:

“We agree with Superintendent Brown’s assessment of the use of force by the officers.  There was no cover.  Time and distance were not available to the officers [Eason] was given multiple [commands] to drop the weapon…We look forward to adjudicating this case before the Chicago Police Board.”

In the meantime, a 35-year-old man is reportedly being held without bail after allegedly opening fire at Chicago Police officers during the afternoon of November 28th.

From what officials say, the incident all started from a simple instance of consuming alcohol in public

At approximately 3:15 p.m. on November 28th, CPD officers had reportedly witnessed Gerardo Jasso in possession of an open container of alcohol in a public area along the 6200-block of North Oakley Avenue. 

According to reports, the officers that spotted the suspect were said to have recognized Jasso as he’s alleged to be a reputed gang member of the Latin Kings within the neighborhood. 

When officers attempted to approach Jasso to speak with him regarding the open container of booze, the suspect reportedly fled on foot. While running from the scene, police say that Jasso turned around and started shooting toward one of the officers. 

Said pursuing officer returned fire on the suspect, but officials say neither the suspect nor the police officer were struck during the exchanged gunfire. 

Nearby surveillance cameras – in concurrence with officers’ body worn cameras – were said to have captured the moments where Jasso opened fire at the officer. 

After the shooting incident, civilian witnesses to the ordeal informed the officers on scene that Jasso had hidden himself under a nearby porch. Police were able to locate the suspect and take him into custody. 

Civilian Police board in Chicago wants police fired for justified shootings
Gerardo Jasso – Chicago Police Department

Arresting officers were said to have recovered a two grams of cocaine on the suspect, along with a loaded gun with and extended magazine found along the pathway where the suspect ran from officers. 

Prosecutors say that Jasso had admitted to having the gun and even opening fire with same said weapon as well.

However, Jasso had proclaimed that he only fired his weapon in an attempt to scare off someone who was shooting at him.

It’s not exactly clear what Jasso means by said statement, as there are no reports indicating that there was another armed suspect and/or shooting ongoing in the area or during the police pursuit. 

Jasso is said to also have a warrant stemming from Wisconsin, but it’s unclear as to what that warrant is for as of this time.

The Chicago Police Department have not revealed the name of the officers involved in the arrest, nor the identity of the officer that was allegedly fired upon by the suspect.

Previous arrests of Jasso in Chicago included charges such as driving on a suspended license, urinating in public, unlawful possession of a weapon, and various other charges related to vehicular license suspension. 

When Jasso opted for a bench trial for the weapons charges he accrued in May of 2018, Judge Timothy Chambers found him not guilty on all six counts of felony gun charges in July of 2019.

As for the latest charges Jasso is facing, they are one felony count of attempted murder, one felony count of unlawful possession of a weapon by a felon, one felony count of aggravated unlawful possession of a weapon, one felony count of possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor charge for drinking alcohol in the public way.

His next court appearance is slated for December 3rd. 

This is a developing story. 

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Regarding other investigations into violent crime in Chicago, authorities have released limited details regarding a man that was shoved onto the subway tracks earlier in November. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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CHICAGO, IL – Violent crime is on the rise in Democrat-led cities, and Chicago is no different. Guns are not the only fear residents of these cities must face.

In one incidence of violent crime in the city, one person is waking up in the hospital in serious condition after being shoved onto subway tracks.

The Chicago Transit Authority announced that the train tracks were rerouted to different lines between Fullerton and Cermak-Chinatown after the incident.  Trains were temporarily stopped at the Jackson Station before 7:30 p.m. because of the incident.

The Chicago Police Department reported that the victim was shoved onto the subway train tracks after some kind of altercation with an unknown person.  During that altercation, the unknown person shoved the victim onto the train tracks, and that person was struck by an oncoming train.

The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to Northwestern Hospital for medical treatment.  As of this article, that victim is still listed in serious condition.

Police have released no information on the suspect or the victim in this case.  The police may release video surveillance footage of the incident which might lead to an identification of the person responsible.

This is not the only instance in which someone has been pushed onto the subway tracks. Unfortunately, it is becoming all too common in the city of New York.  In October, LET reported when a man was accused of pushing a grandmother onto the subway tracks in the Big Apple, another Democrat-led city.

In that instance, the New York Police Department reported there was some type of altercation between the suspect and an elderly couple and their grandson when the suspect allegedly shoved the elderly grandmother onto the subway track.  Thankfully, the grandmother suffered what appeared to be only minor injuries.

The incident unfolded on October 19 around 1:30 p.m. on the platform of Clinton and Washington Avenues in the subway station.  According to ABC 7 New York, the elderly couple’s grandson exchanged words with the suspect over him smoking inside the terminal.

The police reported that the 30-year-old suspect allegedly tried to punch the elderly couple’s grandson in the face.  The suspect apparently missed the grandson and struck the elderly grandfather in the face.

The grandmother, 73 years old, attempted to get in between both the suspect and her husband to stop the fight.  When the grandmother stepped in, the suspect allegedly shoved the elderly woman onto the subway tracks in front of an oncoming train.

Thankfully, the operator of the subway train was able to come to a complete stop prior to colliding with the elderly grandmother.  As a result, she only suffered what appeared to be minor injuries and was not struck by the oncoming subway train.

The suspect fled the scene after shoving the elderly grandmother onto the subway tracks.  Unfortunately, police were not able to locate and/or identify the subject responsible for the crime.

In another attack in February, a woman was viciously attacked by an unknown assailant while she was riding the subway in New York.  The unknown person allegedly slashed the woman across her forehead and then fled the scene prior to being identified.

In that incident, the victim, Rabia Begum, was riding the northbound subway train just before 10 p.m. when the attack occurred.  Begum reported that the unknown man pulled a knife and sliced her forehead in what she described as an unprovoked attack.

In that case, police have been unable to identify the person responsible for this attack. Begum was not seriously injured and was released from the hospital after treatment.

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