The 19-year-old begged to have officers sent to his father's home. Unfortunately, he got his wish. The moment some cops see a black person, their minds stop functioning properly.—Ronald David Jackson
The moment some cops see a black person, their minds stop functioning properly.
Quintonio LeGrier with his foster mom, Mary Strenger, at his graduation from Gwendolyn Brooks
College Prep high school in 2014. | Strenger family photo
New 911 calls: Quintonio LeGrier Begged That Cops Be Sent
By FRANK MAIN, MICK DUMKE and DAN MIHALOPOULOS
Minutes before police fatally shot 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, he called 911 multiple times — and begged to have officers sent to his father’s home — but they were not initially dispatched, according to emergency recordings released on Monday.
RELATED STORY: If You Call Cops For Help With A Mentally Ill Family Member, They Might Kill Them — and YOU Too - 18 StoriesAn officer shot LeGrier six times in December after the teenager advanced on officers with a baseball bat, according to police. The officer also accidentally shot neighbor Bettie Jones once in the chest, killing her, too.
The Independent Police Review Authority, which is investigating the shootings, made LeGrier’s three 911 calls public on Monday, as well as one from his father, Antonio.
“During the course of this investigation, the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communication recently identified and provided IPRA with two additional 911 calls placed by Quintonio LeGrier prior to the incident,” according to IPRA.
Wrongful-death lawsuits have already been filed against the city accusing the officers of misconduct in the shootings. But the newly released 911 recordings raise additional questions about the city’s emergency response to the home in the 4700 block of West Erie on Dec. 26.
Paul Linnee, a national expert on emergency communications, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the dispatchers’ decisions not to send officers in response to the first two 911 calls were “inappropriate.”
“The standard norm is, number one, don’t lose your cool,” added David Bradford, director of the Center for Public Safety at Northwestern University.
Basileios “Bill” Foutris, a lawyer for LeGrier’s father, said Monday: “I found the dispatchers’ conduct was disgusting.”
A spokeswoman for the Office of Emergency Management said late Monday the dispatcher who took LeGrier’s first call is being disciplined for not sending police because LeGrier had indicated his life was in danger.
“Because the individual said his life was being threatened, police should have been dispatched for this call, which is why OEMC has begun disciplinary proceedings against the call taker. Per the collective bargaining agreement, the call taker will remain in service until the discipline process is complete,” OEMC spokeswoman Melissa Stratton said.