Waukegan police shoot boy, 17, who allegedly hit cop with hammer
Let's get something straight. Any person who commits a crime in Illinois and is 17 years of age or older is an adult. Why is it that the police shot a "boy" but that same "boy" only allegedly hit another policemen with a hammer in the head. Oh! as a matter of fact the officer suffered a skull fracture.
Then the journalist has to find a community activist that wants to stir the shit:
Chris Blank, a community activist critical of the police, worked his way around the crowd, handing people fliers for a Saturday rally in nearby North Chicago to protest police shootings in the area, which he said have targeted blacks, including Lewis.
"It's happening too often. I'd like to see our community organize," said Blank, 46, of Waukegan. "Too often, the police utilize a last resort, rather than the first."
What do you suggest Mr. Blank? Shoot the hammer out of his hand?
(720 ILCS 5/Art. 7 heading)
ARTICLE 7. JUSTIFIABLE USE OF FORCE; EXONERATION
(720 ILCS 5/7‑1) (from Ch. 38, par. 7‑1)
Sec. 7‑1. Use of force in defense of person.
(a) A person is justified in the use of force against another when and to the extent that he reasonably believes that such conduct is necessary to defend himself or another against such other's imminent use of unlawful force. However, he is justified in the use of force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if he reasonably believes that such force is necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself or another, or the commission of a forcible felony.
I think I'll side with 720 ILCS 5/7-1 and not worry about what idiots like you and politically correct writers of Chicago newspapers think.