Chicago Police Kill Teen, Charge his Friend with his Murder

The tale of Tatioun Williams and Brandon Ross is from several weeks ago, but I still wanted to put it up on this blog as a miscarriage of justice.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Bail was set at $900,000 today for a 16-year-old boy [Brandon Ross] charged with murder after his teenage accomplice [Tatioun Williams] in an alleged armed robbery was shot and killed by a responding Chicago police officer.

Ross told police that they had indeed robbed a man. That is a crime. HOWEVER, robbery should not carry an instant-death sentence, nor should one be charged with murder when one’s actual crime was robbery. Ross did not kill his friend. The police officer did. No one disputes that. Therefore, it is unjust to charge Ross with the killing. Someone needs to fix Illinois law.

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