Funeral Held for Black Grandmother Accidentally Killed by Chicago Police


Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old black woman who was accidentallly killed by a Chicago police officer the day after Christmas, is laid to rest, as her family calls for a transparent investigation into her death. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

The family of a 55-year-old black grandmother accidentally killed by a Chicago police officer called for an end to secrecy around police misconduct cases as her funeral was held on Wednesday. Hundreds of people attended the funeral at a Chicago church for Bettie Jones, who was fatally shot in late December after police responded to a call about a neighbor’s son threatening his father with a baseball bat. The officer also shot and killed Quintonio LeGrier, 19, a black college student. Jones, a mother of five and grandmother of nine, was shot when she answered the door for police, said a lawsuit filed this week by Jones’ family. At Wednesday’s funeral, mourners filed past Jones’ open red casket, surrounded by red and white roses and daisies, at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church on the city’s West Side. Visitors included the Reverend Jesse Jackson, a civil rights activist. The shootings came after weeks of protests over the release of the video of a white police officer’s fatal shooting of black teenager Laquan McDonald in 2014. Since the release of the McDonald video, Emanuel has ousted his police superintendent and called for changes in the way police are trained. The police department also has become the subject of a federal civil rights investigation.

SOURCE: Reuters