Illinois rally protests|
cop killing of Black youth
CALUMET CITY, Ill.—Some 100 people marched from the police station to City Hall here Feb. 25 to protest the killing of Stephon Watts, a 15-year-old Black youth, by local cops. “We are 100 percent in support of the family until we get justice,” said Samuel Anderson (with microphone), president of the Chicago-area local of the American Postal Workers Union. Other speakers included David Lowery, president of the Southside NAACP, and pastor Lance Davis. The postal workers’ local passed a resolution supporting the fight after a member brought it to the union’s attention. Stephon had Aspergers syndrome, a form of autism. His family said that police had been called to the home many times over the years, but this time they used deadly force, shooting the boy twice in front of his father. Cops claim Stephon lunged at them with a knife. Family members say Stephon was holding a butter knife. More than 700 turned out for his funeral Feb. 19.
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