Rev. Marshall Hatch, Daughters of Bettie Jones Call for Prosecution of Chicago Cop Who Killed Their Mother, an Innocent Bystander

Latisha Jones (left), and her twin sister Latonya Jones, both 21, sobbed Sunday while recalling their slain mother, Bettie Jones. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times
Latisha Jones (left), and her twin sister Latonya Jones, both 21, sobbed Sunday while recalling their slain mother, Bettie Jones. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

The twin daughters of Bettie Jones, 55, an innocent bystander killed in a police shooting that investigators concluded was “not justified,” joined their pastor Sunday to renew calls for the prosecution of the officer who pulled the trigger.

“He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Rev. Marshall Hatch said during a news conference at New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

“For her life just to get taken away, it’s just wrong,” said Latisha Jones, 21, who cried into the shoulder of her twin, Latonya.

In February, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s office announced it would not charge Officer Robert Rialmo in the deaths of Jones and Quintonio LeGrier, 19.

Hatch said Foxx should re-examine the case in light of a report released Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, which stated investigators found “no evidence” to support Rialmo’s assertions that any of the shots he fired at LeGrier were necessary.

COPA investigators said their findings weren’t “in conflict” with the prosecutors’ choice not to charge Rialmo because the oversight agency rules on “the preponderance of evidence,” as opposed to the higher standard of “beyond a reasonable doubt” to obtain a criminal conviction.

A spokeswoman for Foxx didn’t return messages seeking comment Sunday.

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SOURCE: Mitch Dudek
Chicago Sun-Times