RACINE, WI – A Wisconsin man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old in Racine told investigators he was from West Chicago and that type of behavior was “just normal” there, according to a criminal complaint.
Complaint: Man charged with killing teen says behavior is 'normal' in Chicago https://t.co/ELN1a8ezxo
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Joshua Daniel, 18, was charged on Monday with first-degree intentional homicide and nine counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety after prosecutors say he pulled out a gun and shot and killed a teen at a party last Friday.
Daniel told police that he thought people at the party were going to shoot him and that such behavior is normal in his hometown of West Chicago, according to the criminal complaint.
WISN: Complaint: Man charged with killing teen, says behavior is normal in Chicago.
A man charged with fatally shooting a 17-year-old in Racine told investigators he was from West Chicago and that type of behavior was "just normal" there, according to a criminal complaint.
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The complaint said Daniel went to a party with three women who he told police he believed were “setting him up.”
Witnesses said as soon as they walked into the door, Daniel pulled out a gun and shot the victim, according to police. The victim is identified as 17-year-old Dontrell “Trell” Bush.
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The complaint said that Daniel shot Bush “because he was ‘smiling and looking’ at him.” Daniel said he felt someone else was going to shoot him so he shot Bush first, the complaint said.
None of the three witnesses said they saw the victim with a weapon. The witnesses ran from the home following the shooting, according to prosecutors.
An 18-year-old Racine resident was charged with homicide Monday after prosecutors say he pulled out a gun and shot and killed a teen at a party last Friday. https://t.co/zNrhITNMiz
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Daniel fled the home with the three women, but then ran away from the group. As the three women spoke with police following the shooting, Daniel reportedly continued texting them.
Police located Daniel a short time later and arrested him. He was found in possession of a loaded gun magazine matching the caliber gun used in Bush’s shooting, according to police.
TEEN KILLED: 17-year-old Dontrell Bush was shot to death in Racine, WI in the 3400 block of Clairmont on May 7, 2021. Bush was a high school basketball standout. A male, 18, was arrested. Our condolences. #LegalHelpFirmCares pic.twitter.com/N9Dl22ruD7
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Daniel appeared virtually in court Monday, and was ordered held in the Racine County Jail on $100,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be back in court on May 20. Daniel faces life in prison if convicted of First-degree intentional murder.
Bush was a junior at Horlick High School and a rising star on the basketball team. He had dreams of playing Division I college ball. His mother spoke while gathering with family and friends Saturday to mourn the teen.
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Tamyra Morgan described her son as athletic and musical, talkative and funny:
“He just enjoyed being a young man. I can say that — he had fun.”
The victim’s uncle, Le Ron Ball, is an assistant basketball coach at the school, and helped raise the boy:
“He had yet to reach what he was going to reach. He had a way to go. He left too early.
“Our behavior at 17 shouldn’t define our end story. It shouldn’t define our legacy. It’s never too late until it’s too late.”
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Chicago mayor wants cops to ask permission from a supervisor before chasing a suspect on foot
April 21, 2021
CHICAGO, IL- Mayor Lori Lightfoot is considering a momentous change to a Chicago police procedure, stating she wants a revised policy in place before summer.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is calling for Chicago police to reform foot pursuit policy amid the unrest that followed a video release of an officer shooting a 13-year-old on March 29, 2021. https://t.co/ZDGDMhO0BO
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According to reports, the change in policy will require an officer to get a supervisor’s permission before beginning a foot chase. The issue gained new urgency after an officer reportedly chased and fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo. Lightfoot said:
“No one should die as a result of a foot chase.”
Since the fatal shooting, rewriting police policy on all foot chases has no become a hot topic at City Hall, with Lightfoot promising to announce details of a new policy “soon.”
Alderman Brian Hopkins said that an official in the mayor’s office told him officers could soon be required prior to a foot chase to do what is now required before a vehicle chase, which is getting permission from a supervisor. Hopkins added:
“Of course that raises obvious problems. In the time it would take to do that, the person you’re supposed to be chasing is actually long gone. The point would be moot then.”
Hopkins noted an unintended consequence of the new vehicle pursuit policy, stating:
“We’re seeing more vehicles flee from police officers because word has gotten out that they’re probably not going to get permission to chase you.”
"WATCH: Body Cam Video of Chicago PD Shooting 13-Year-Old Released" Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is calling for Chicago police to reform foot pursuit policy amid the unrest that followed a video release of an officer shooting a 13-year-old on March 29, 2021.https://t.co/pFK7zsScFa
— Democracy In Motion (@DemocracyMotion) April 17, 2021
On Monday, April 19th, Lightfoot commented on the “dilemma.” She said:
“I don’t want people out there who are dangerous to think, ‘well, if I just run, then I’m safe. I can continue to wreak havoc.’ We can’t live in that world either.”
Hopkins stated that is is past time to rewrite Chicago’s current “vague rules.” He added:
“I’m sure the officers themselves would agree with me. The more guidance we can give them, the more comfortable they’ll feel when they have to make these high-stakes decisions in the blink of an eye.”
ABC7 News reported that Sheila Bedi, a Clinical La Professor at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law said that community groups have been pushing for a formal foot pursuit policy since 2018, but that the city has balked.
— MyJPA (@My_JPA) April 7, 2021
Currently, Chicago police only have a foot pursuit training bulletin. In it, officers are told:
“When making the decision to pursue or continue to pursue, the safety of the public, Department members, and the fleeing subject should be the foremost considerations.”
Nursrat Choudhury, Legal Director for ACLU Illinois added:
“It needs to make clear that valuing the sanctity of human life is a key consideration when officers are deciding whether to make a foot pursuit in the heat of the moment and similarly, if officers decide not to engage in a foot pursuit, it needs to be clear that they will not be disciplined.”
In the most recent report from the independent monitor overseeing Chicago police reforms, the data shows that from March through December 2020, there were 1,300 foot pursuits.
Nearly a third of them, 382, resulted in the use of force and there were 30 cases that resulted in the use of deadly force.
For 4 yrs, the City and CPD resisted repeated calls from advocates & the community to adopt a foot pursuit policy," said Nusrat Choudhury, legal director at @ACLUofIL "It should not have taken the death of a 13-year-old to finally get a response." https://t.co/Qdgj4Y9Qeb
— Katie Georgevich (@khgvich) April 15, 2021
However, in the sudden rush to do something drastic after the Toledo case, there are concerns about getting too restrictive with a pursuit policy. State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D) said in a statement:
“We definitely need to have some form of pursuit, otherwise we will just let the bad actors get away.”
Alderman Ray Lopez, 15th Ward, added:
“If someone runs that is shooting, you give chase to apprehend. You don’t give them a pass. You don’t say it’s okay, we’ll just catch you on the next one.”
Lopez said that what happened to Toledo is tragic, but he is concerned about knee-jerk policy reactions. He said:
“The true issue here is that this officer didn’t go into the alley at 2:30 to chase someone just to shoot them. They were responding to a gang incident because a 21-year-old man was trying to recruit a 13-year-old boy to be part of a gang.”
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