Bettie Jones: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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A Chicago mother of five and grandmother of 10 was fatally shot by police officers who were responding to a domestic disturbance at her apartment building, family members told the Chicago Tribune.

Bettie Jones, 55, was “accidentally” shot, police say.

Police have released few details about the shooting, which also killed 19-year-old Quintonio LeGrier, but it appears that Jones was an innocent bystander.

The shooting happened at about 4:30 a.m. Police said in a statement, “11th District Harrison officers responded to a domestic disturbance on the 4700 block of West Erie St. Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer’s weapon, fatally wounding two individuals. The matter remains under investigation and all further inquiries can be directed to the Independent Police Review Authority.”

Here’s what you need to know:


1.Jones’ Daughter Says She Was Shot in the Neck After Opening the Apartment’s Door

According to police radio dispatches, officers were sent to 4710 West Erie Street after a 911 call from LeGrier’s father.

“We got a check the well being at 4710 West Erie, 4710 West Erie,” the dispatcher told officers. “The male caller said someone is threatening his life. It’s also coming in as a domestic. The 19-year-old son is banging on his bedroom door with a baseball bat.”

Latesha Jones told the Chicago Sun-Times her mother, Bettie Jones, was shot after opening the door to their apartment building when police arrived.

She said she woke up to find her mother bleeding from the neck. Bettie Jones was taken to the hospital, where she later died.

LeGrier’s father, Antonio LeGrier, told the Sun-Times the officer who shot his son was about 30 feet away. He said the officer told him Quintonio LeGrier lunged at him with the bat.

“In my opinion, he knew he had messed up. It was senseless,” Antonio LeGrier told the Sun-Times about the unnamed officer. “He knew he had shot, blindly, reckless into the doorway and now two people are dead because of it.”


2. The Mother of 5 & Grandmother of 10 Had Just Spent Christmas With Her Family Before She Was Shot

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Bettie Jones was the mother of five children, her family says.

“I’m numb right now,” her brother, Melvin Jones, told the Chicago Tribune. “Right now there’s a whole lot of anger, a whole lot of tears.”

She lived in a first-floor apartment with her boyfriend, her family told the newspaper. She has four daughters, ages 38, 33 and 19-year-old twins. She also has a 30-year-old son. She was also the grandmother of 10.

“She had an excellent Christmas. Family was over,” Melvin Jones told the Tribune. “And then to wake up to this. You see it on the news and think that something needs to be done. It really hits you and it just leaves you numb.”


3. Officials Say There Are ‘Troubling Questions’ About the Shooting

Local leaders are questioning the events that led up to the shooting.

“At this point, we are confronted with a series of unanswered and deeply troubling questions,” Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, who represents the district where the shooting occurred, said in a statement. “Why did the officers on the scene need to resort to the use of their firearms to subdue a young man with a bat? Why weren’t the officers equipped with tasers so that Quintonio could be subdued without lethal force? How, during an officer response, did a 55-year-old mother of five come to be struck dead by bullets?”

Reverend Marshall Hatch of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church said a vigil is planned for 2 p.m. Sunday at the shooting scene, according to the Sun-Times.

Hatch told the newspaper the vigil is not political, but added, “all the spotlight on [the police] and they shoot up this place?”


4. LeGrier Was a Student at Northern Illinois University & Had ‘Mental Issues’

LeGrier’s family says he was an engineering student at Northern Illinois University and was home for Christmas break.

He graduated last year from the Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy with honors, according to the school’s website.

LeGrier’s mother told the Chicago Tribune her son suffered from “mental issues.”

“They did tell me he was shot seven times. That’s a bit much. That’s a bit much,” she said. “I don’t take all of that. My son only weighed about 150 pounds. … Why do you have to be shot that many times? Why? If the police is trained in the field, then how, they’re just handling the situation by killing people?”

His father told the Sun-Times he took his son to the hospital during Thanksgiving break because of “emotional problems.” He said his son was prescribed with medication.


5. The Shootings Come After Weeks of Protests Over Laquan McDonald’s Death

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A video released showing Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald led to weeks of protests and put the spotlight on the Chicago Police.

The December 26 shootings follow weeks of protests over the death of Laquan McDonald, which have put the spotlight on the Chicago Police Department and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The protests have come after a dashcam recording led to a charge of first-degree murder against Officer Jason Van Dyke in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. That video was released to the public after a judge ordered the city must comply with a Freedom of Information Act request. The city had initially fought the release of the video.

Also, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it has launched a Civil Rights probe into the city of Chicago’s police department, and Emanuel asked the city’s police superintendent, Garry McCarthy, to step down. Emanuel has also removed the head of the Independent Police Review Authority and set up a task force to review the department.

Emanuel and District Attorney Anita Alvarez have both indicated they will not resign, despite calls for them to do so from protesters.

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29 Comments

Dianne

There are a lot of racist sub-humans on this site. There are also a lot of sick, racist, bullies in police uniforms.

Anonymous

Chicago cops should stop responding the crimes and disturbances in blacks areas of Chicago. The cops think they are helping but they are not…the blacks want to live in squalor with the rule of the tribe to handle all conflicts, ie gun and knife only. Let the animals deal the drugs and kill each other….no white cop needs to end up with PTSD from the daily job of trying to help the black race, one perpetually based on murder, rape, animal cruelty, child abuse, and poverty.

Anonymous

Is funny when people talk like that I bet you got a third grade education ignorant ass

Anonymous

I agree. The blacks in Chicago don’t seem to want to live in civilized society.

manny.

Lol. when youre forced to live in poverty and uneducated for many yrs some generations are still trying to shake back.

Alice

An innocent mother is dead…and that’s the only thing you can take from this article? America is mad…

Kr

I agree, let the animals kill each other off, thats exactly what they behave like.

Anonymous

She was innocent he had mental problem just like the white men who shoot up schools but they’re only animals when they don’t have the same skin color as you

Rk

The white men shooting up schools is a rare occurrance, the animals on chicago kill people on a daily basis.

Anonymous

White savages kill one another, eat each other shit straight out their assholes, kidnap people and cook their young ones for dinner, this is just a normal way of life for them and is something other races will normally expected ,them to do, this has always been these primitives possums culture and birth right since the day they came out of hell onto this planet, and they just do honestly quite know how to tell the truth or act like civilized human beings, and they are beginning to understand that their species are getting smaller and smaller by the day

Anonymous

No these people were college educated. If every college freshmen who had mental issues was shot there would a lot dead people. His medicine could have caused the behavior.

?

Too bad all of you who have so many negative things to say about black people do not have super white powers or bleed gold. Check around the world, all races kill each other all the time (not to mention who gets the serial killer, mass murderer trophy.)I pray each of you live long lives :) All lives matter…God please help the evil in this world!

Anonymous

If I can finish my statement ‘ the reason why Chicago cops should stop responding to blacks crimes and disturbances is due to’ the crimes they commit is petty things like smoking weed and PCP, compared to us white folks committing major criminal acts, you folks really need to understand that most whites just don’t think the way other races do, no we don’t!!! many of our whites males young and old including cops have to do things in mass quantity, like – not just kill one individual but a whole damn bunch of folks especially when out and about in public, and this is due to our cave men behavior, yes we are straight from the caves and sometime it is very hard to function like so call normal human beings, Many whites believe in the big bang theory and Big foot creatures are our kin- due to the small way we are program to think, and white males teach our clan to lie our way through life, and of course white males have always believed that if we mate with blacks maybe we can start looking a whole lot better and our skin will become so much better looking and less appearance of spots , wrinkles and spider blue veins will show less on our bodies, Hell just look at us when we are new born all of us look like bold head space creatures, with big eyes, The white men had no choice but to rape dark skin females , and have mixed bastards from black women, it was always seen as a normal way of life, and even to this day white males and females have to mate with blacks especially the stupid blacks whom we all feel can easily be program to do our bidding and still worship the ground we walk on, blacks will even go as far as too hate their own skin color and try to look as white as us, just look at that lil kim rapper gal, she like Michael Jackson paid a whole lot of money to fade their monkey black skin tone to our white color, and they are just too stupid to realize that we are trying so very hard too resemble blacks and Mexicans that are dark in color, and we are more against blacks that try to act like us and whom have disowned their race to be accepted in our, most white feel they are the worst blacks there is, and they wonder why when we get made at them why we call those black traitors Uncle toms or niggers- this is the actual reason why most whites hate you people ( we accept our kind no matter what we choose to mate with and you people will disrespect your race out in public and want our race to accept you monkeys with open arms- shameful divided racist beasts) Now most of our kind will say blacks prefer to live in squalor when in fact our followers whom have those mixed bastards living in the ghettos they have no choice to do so until most of our kind kill off their white families and collect the insurance money afterward , in order for those little bastards are relocated out of that nasty infested area into one of our wholesome upscale neighborhood and sent to better schools and it is most of the white men duties too provide for the tribe also that help take care of our ghetto basters just too show our gratitude. you people need to understand since the beginning of time whites killed and had some sort of mental illness, that was passed on to most blacks, it’s in our genes and giving a weapon to whites is an huge mistake, as people can see ,that’s just like throwing a baby to a hungry lion, white people are becoming instinct, if it not by the hand of another white, it is from those got damn evil spirits that has come back for revenge on our ass, either because our folks long ago- slaughtering of innocent victims, raping and torturing kids throughout the ages, and a whole lot of other crap that should not have been done, but this is the only thing instilled in whites as a whole which is now carried out through many whites working as cops across this country, if a white just so happen to avoid this inherited trait then they are considered a disgrace and far less than blacks, Kim K. West and that family , Asians, Spanish, Italians, native Indians, French and Arabic .negros , in the fateful European eyes that hunger for human blood , since time began. the bottom line we whites are demons or the night serpents that have a hard time changing our ways and Yes it is horrible that we will easily stoop to lying and carrying on without trying to change, hatred and evil ways are instilled in our white race , this is why most white have always hated you damn talented negros , you sound minded bastards!!! maybe your spiritual negro singing will run the demons out of most of us, before we all go straight back to hell from where we derived from

Anonymous

You are correct if Chicago cops were to stop responding to crime in black areas the City would save a fortune by not having to payout millions to settle lawsuits caused by trigger happy cops.

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