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Joshua Beal: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Joshua Beal. (Facebook)

A 25-year-old black man was shot and killed during a road rage incident that also involved two off-duty Chicago police officers, an off-duty city firefighter and members of the man’s family, who were in a funeral procession.

Joshua Beal was in Chicago for his cousin’s funeral when the shooting occurred Saturday at 111th and Troy streets in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood of the city, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Authorities said an off-duty police sergeant was in uniform on the way to work when he encountered the road rage incident involving Beal’s family, the off-duty firefighter and the other off-duty officer, who was not in uniform, the newspaper reports. A police spokesman said an officer was fired upon and returned fire.

Beal, of Indianapolis, Indiana, was taken to a local hospital, where he died, the newspaper reports.

“Chicago police gunned my baby down like a vicious animal,” Tiffaney Boxley, Beal’s mither, told WGN-TV. “They shot him twice in the back and three times in his front.”

The off-duty police officer and the off-duty sergeant, who have not been identified, have both been placed on paid administrative leave, officials said. One of the officers was taken to the hospital after the incident, but was not seriously injured, police said.

The off-duty firefighter involved in the incident has also not been named.

The shooting is being investigated by the city’s Independent Police Review Authority.

“While it is still very early in the investigation, we can confirm that early ballistic evidence suggests that multiple firearms were discharged. It is our hope that people will wait until all evidence is brought to light before making any conclusions about what happened yesterday evening,” IPRA spokeswoman Mia Sissac told the Chicago Tribune.

Police said both officers fired shots during the incident, according to the Tribune.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. A Video Recorded by a Witness Shows a Chaotic Scene Before More Than a Dozen Shots Are Fired

Video recorded by a witness to the Saturday incident has been obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times and other media outlets.

“I heard a whole lot of yelling. They said, ‘you ran me off the road.'” the witness, Britnie Nelson, told WGN-TV. “As I’m looking I see the officer shoot the man; the gun went off 13 times.”

The recording shows a chaotic scene before and after the shooting, but the shooting itself is not seen. But at least 13 shots can be heard off camera.

You can watch the video below:

The video shows several vehicles stopped in the middle of 111th Street near Troy Street. People can be heard yelling at each other as Nelson approaches.

A man in a red shirt approaches part of the crowd with what appears to be a gun in his hand. Another man can be seen telling people to back off and get on the ground. The man in the red shirt then appears to tuck his gun into his pants or a holster.

The video then pans back and forth a few times, and briefly shows a man in a white shirt appearing to point a gun before lowering it.

The video then stops and is restarted after an unknown amount of time passes. The camera is pointing at the ground, with yelling still heard in the background. Screaming is then heard, followed by several shots.

Crying can then be heard as a woman says, “they killed him somebody got hit, they killed him, they shoot.”

The crying woman is asked where she is going and she says, “back to the funeral.”

The other woman says, “they just killed our own people. … The police.”

A still photo from the scene appears to show a man pointing a gun. Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Sun-Times it appears to be Beal in the photo, but investigators have not yet confirmed that.

The witness, Britnie Nelson, says she is not related to or otherwise connected to Beal and was just in the area at the time of the shooting.

“I felt bad because I never seen so much chaos,” Nelson told the Chicago Tribune. “It should’ve never happened in the first place. They come to lay someone to rest, then this person dies for no reason.”

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2. Police Say the Off-Duty Officer Fired After Seeing Beal With a Gun, While Beal’s Family Says the Cop Cut-Off the Funeral Procession

The police and Joshua Beal’s family have put forward differing versions of what happened leading up to and during the shooting.

According to DNA Info Chicago, the shooting happened about 3 p.m. Saturday, police said in a statement. A vehicle that had just left a funeral service was stopped in traffic in front of a Chicago Fire Department station. An off-duty firefighter confronted the driver of the vehicle, telling him he was blocking a fire line, police said in the statement.

According to police, the driver got out of the car and a fight broke out. An off-duty police officer was in a local barber shop and saw the fight, came out and joined the melee, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Police said an off-duty sergeant, who was in uniform and was driving to work, then also saw the fight and a man with a gun.

“The Sergeant stopped, exited his vehicle, displayed his weapon and announced his office,” police said in the statement, according to DNA Info. “As the incident continued to escalate and the offender failed to drop his weapon, shots were fired striking the individual multiple times.”

Police said both off-duty officers identified themselves as being with the Chicago Police Department. Beal was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m.

But Beal’s family has told reporters a different story of what happened. They say the road rage incident started before the family’s funeral procession was stopped in front of the firehouse.

His sister, Cordney Boxley, told the Chicago Tribune that she believes her 17-year-old sister was cut off and ran off the road by a police officer in an unmarked car.

“He just came out of nowhere cut me off, and was behind my little sister and tried to run her off the road,” Boxley told WGN-TV.

They say Beal pulled out a gun after seeing the officer holding his sister at gunpoint.

Beal’s cousin, Casey Fisher, told a similar story to WXIN-TV.

“His sister and the police officer was having words but he didn’t say he was a police officer or anything,” Fisher said. “He was plain clothes and called her a bitch and things like that. She got out the car. They arguing. He put a gun to her head.”

He said the officer fired twice while Beal was on the ground trying to hide under a car.

“He tried crawling under the car to try to protect hisself,” Fisher told the news station. “And then the cop came and shot him two more times while he was on the ground.”

Fisher said Beal’s brother tackled the off-duty officer to the ground after the shooting.

Beal’s 28-year-old brother, Michael Beal, was arrested at the scene, the Chicago Tribune reports. He was charged with attempting to disarm a police officer and aggravated battery of a police officer.

He is accused of tackling the off-duty sergeant and putting him in a chokehold after the shooting, police told the newspaper. Protesters say Beal’s brother remains in jail.

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3. Beal’s Family Says He Has a License to Carry a Gun, but Police Say He Was Not Legally Allowed to Carry It in Chicago

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Joshua Beal. (Facebook)

Joshua Beal’s family told CBS Chicago that he had a license to carry a gun.

“My brother is one who is licensed to carry his gun wherever he goes. This man never identified himself, never said anything. He just started shooting through the windshield of my brother’s car,” Cordney Boxley told the news station.

Beal’s family has said he tried telling the officers he had a permit to carry the gun.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune that Beal did not have a concealed carry permit in Illinois. Guglielmi said even if he had a permit to carry in Indiana, it would not have applied in Chicago.

Beal’s family have also said he did not fire at the officers.

Guglielmi told the Tribune investigators are working to determine whether Beal’s gun was “fired or may have misfired” during the incident.

Court records show Beal was previously convicted of misdemeanor battery after he was involved in a road rage incident involving a gun in Indiana.

Beal appealed the conviction, but it was upheld.

You can read the court documents below:

According to the court documents, Beal was rear-ended while waiting to turn in August 2009. His vehicle was pushed through the intersection and the other car made the left turn and continued on. Beal followed the car around the block and parked. He and the other driver, Porfiro Mendosa, then exited the car, according to the court documents.

“Beal wanted $660 to $700 from Mendosa and demanded Mendosa’s wallet. Mendosa had only $300 and was driving uninsured. When Mendosa could not pay the amount Beal wanted, Beal pulled out a gun and hit Mendosa on the forehead above his right eye with it. Beal then demanded Mendosa sign over the title to Mendosa’s truck,” prosecutors said. “Mendosa’s uncle arrived at the scene. He noticed Beal was angry and Beal had a gun tucked in his waistband. When Mendosa’s uncle called the police to report Beal’s possession of a gun, Beal walked to a nearby home and then returned without the gun.”

Police said they arrived to find a “very agitated” Beal, who began yelling and cursing at officers. Mendosa had a knot on his forehead, police said.

In his appeal, Beal denied having a gun or striking Mendosa. He claimed Mendosa was injured during the hit-and-run accident that preceded the argument. But police testified that the damage to the vehicles was minor, and likely wouldn’t have caused the injury.

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4. He Is a Father of 2 Who Was Described by His Mother as a ‘College Graduate, a Business Owner & a Family Man’

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Joshua Beal with his two sons. (Facebook)

Josh Beal previously lived in Chicago and lived in Indianapolis at the time of his death, his family says.

Beal graduated from Ivy Tech Community College in December 2015 with an associate’s degree in business administration, according to a photo of his diploma he posted on his Facebook page in September. His family told reporters he planned to enroll in Franklin University and hoped to one day own his own business.

His mother called him a “college graduate, a business owner and a family man,” according to WFLD-TV.

He was a father of two young sons, ages 4 and 2, with his longtime girlfriend. He proposed to her two months ago, his family told the Chicago Tribune.

“He wasn’t in no gang,” his mother, Tiffaney Boxley said. “He was a good kid. He was good person. You took a child who took care of his family.”

She said her son had a “promising future.”

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Joshua Beal in a photo posted to Facebook in 2010. (Facebook)

Beal was in Chicago to be a pallbearer in his cousin’s funeral, his family told the Chicago Tribune.

His cousin, Marcus Washington, 26, was fatally shot in Indianapolis on October 27, according to the Tribune. Like Beal, Washington previously lived in Chicago and was being buried in his former home city on Saturday.

“The police are going to pay for this,” Miranda Macklin, a family member, told the Tribune. “Justice will be served.”

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5. #JusticeforJoshua Protesters Have Clashed With Residents of the ‘Pro-Police’ Mount Greenwood Neighborhood Where Beal Was Killed

Protesters using #JusticeforJoshua and #JoshuaBeal have used social media to spread the word about the shooting. They also gathered in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood where the shooting occurred.

But they have clashed there with Mount Greenwood residents, who held counter protests, holding signs with #BlueLivesMatter and other messages supporting the Chicago Police. More than 80 percent of the neighborhood’s residents are white, according to census data.

Some residents told the Chicago Tribune the neighborhood is “very pro-police” and they believe the shooting was justified.

“It’s always like ‘The police did this, the police did that, oh my God, they shot him for no reason at all,’” one woman, who did not give her name, told the Tribune. “Really? You really think it was unprovoked?”

Facebook Live videos posted by Black Lives Matter Chicago show tense interactions between protesters and residents.

“There was no protest,” Activist Kofi Ademola told DNAInfo Chicago. “We were there to check on the family to make sure they were safe. Next thing we knew, we were surrounded by a bunch of angry white people. Nobody said anything to them.”

Ademola said residents told them to get out of the neighborhood and go back home.

“A young white guy [walked] up with a baseball bat,” Ademola told the news site. “The police took the baseball bat from him. White people are driving by and yelling at us ‘n—– go home!’ Get the f— out of here! Blue Lives Matter.’ More of them got out of the car and chanted ‘CPD! Blue Lives Matter.'”

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37 comments

  1. So many blacks killed. To all black people from USa, included OBama: “black lives matters”. do sometimes, take guns and kill them too. Show them that your lives matters. show them that your brother live matter. who kill must be kill. no work around..

      • What this was the other way around ,and it was one of your loved ones?????? Would that of made the world better place too?

        • If they are are a arrogant worthless thug that pulls a gun on people and thinks that that makes them a man , then yes the world is better off without them.Police will not play pattycake with you if you pull a gun or anything that even looks like a gun.The War on Police that the thugs started will end poorly for them.Now we have a pro police POTUS to back them up.

          • “arrogant worthless thug that pulls a gun on people” You just described the cowardly thug pig cop. The off duty/plain clothes thug/cop pulled a gun first, & the off duty pig never identified itself. It was pointing a gun at a young girl. If some stranger pointed a gun at your sister, you would probably ask if you could suck his cock & toss his salad.

      • watch how u talking about my cousin he wasn’t a thug he was the one who was sane while the whole incident went down. I was behind him while he was getting shot- no killed. he seen the drunken off duty officer that didn’t announce he was a officer chase his sisters around with a gun pointing it in their faces he was only trying to protect his sisters. and he was never in front of a fire department. he wasn’t even following us he and his fiancé were heading down another road when his gps told him to turn around while he was doing so all the whole altercation happened. if he would’ve known the man was an officer he wouldn’t have reacted like that. he had two kids to go home to.

        • What you’re really saying is he was a pimp and those two girls were hookers. I know what you’re saying see because I have a friend who speaks ebonics and he translated for me. His kids will deliver pizzas and clean houses or get adopted by a local zoo. Same if he was there. LOL LOL

        • Well, your cousin acted like a fool. Played a stupid game, and won a stupid prize. sorry. The video clearly shows something different than what you’re describing.

        • “Didn’t identify himself” then why did the uniformed sargent calmly walk away while off duty had his weapon pulled?
          Why was all there all the manic screaming Before the shooting started.
          “He wouldn’t have reacted like that” because he didn’t think he’d get caught.

    • The way the world is set up is sick. I wouldn’t wish this tragedy on any family. People like u need to not be. Then the world would definitely be a better place.

    • Wow, you really are a piece of work, princess. Tell you what, hard case, look me up on facebook, message me with your info and I will do the same and we can meet up and find out how tough you are and if you practice the BS you just preached. My guess is youre a limp wristed coward who is all talk, who poses on the internet while hiding behind your keyboard.

    • This idiot’s mommy is clearly a crack head and so is the sister. If you pull a gun on anyone, let anyone lone a cop, you deserve to better than and if it happens, you have no one else to blame. He pulls a gun out in road rage and pointed it in my direction, I’m within my rights to shoot and send him straight to hell. It’s clear self defense and if I have to hate ight, so does a cop!
      The bottom feeders and the pond scum of black lives matter need to shut up already, accept the fact that to hath erected are idiot black men who are stupid enough to pull a gun or knife or attack a police officer, i.e this clown, Michael Brown and the half dozen other inbred, imbecilic morons we’ve seen the past few years. Black lives matter is a defunct, delusional and RACIST organization who, in my opinion, should but givenot a choice: grow up, shut up, stop your pro-criminal, anti-cop idiocy OR sign away all rights to protection of law enforcement in your drug filled, gang run neighbourhoods and see how that goes for you.

  2. Pointing a gun at the police is no reason for the police to shoot.
    Creating a dialog would have solved this problem.
    I can’t wait for Hillary to confiscate guns. SMH

    • Are you really that stupid? He points a gun at a Police Officer and they’re supposed to open a dialogue w/ him? Duh. Please don’t become an officer. We will attend your funeral.

    • pointing a gun at the police is no reason for the police to shoot ???? are you seriously that ignorant ???? police are armed and trained professionals. if you jump out in the middle of a busy highway, do you expect not to get hit by a moving vehicle ???? moron. if i point a gun at a cop i expect to be shot. have you never heard of “suicide by cop” ???? its how some people choose to die. knowing the police will shoot you for pointing a gun at them.

    • I’m not sure you know how fine line things are for a police officer, when you have a crowed of individuals yelling and most likely calling you and everyone
      Else hateful names. You can train officers for 10 years and still not cover issues of how or how not to deal with a conflict issue, because there never the same
      People are emotional individuals and what may set you off may not even cause a stir in someone else, and when you have a whole group of people who are
      Not being nice and then someone pulls a gun, as a officer you don’t have the option you ignore it, there are to many bystanders who may become a target by this individual.
      So now when you direct the individual to put down the weapon and the person won’t, it now comes down to not just your life but others. Its always easy to have 20/20 hindsight
      After the fact. When your dealing with it in the now your options become finite and each option has its risk to others, the individual him or her self and yourself, so with the limited information but a high risk situation with no resolution, as a officer you are paid to enforce the laws with the least amount of force but since the person would not follow order’s to put the weapon down and instead rasie or start to rasie the weapon, its time to follow throught and stop the individual which has risen to deadly force. But with all the rhetoric and hindsight its easy to say maybe this or that, but that is were things go wrong. People need to wait and get all the facts to the incident which doesn’t help with the various groups trying to stir up atomosity of hate calling people racist and names without even knowing who they are. But good luck on your thoughts, at least we can have this conversation without hate, I’ve tried to have it with various groups in the past but in most cases if you don’t see it their way then your verbally assaulted and labeled. Ironically this country is slowly strangling itself with restrictions on free speech, there are various groups who want to stop the rights of others just so they can have it their way. The groups are many with the same or different ideologies but with their power they have accumulated
      They tend to now become the same thing they thought they were fighting but they don’t see it. Take care hope you never have to deal with any similar life or death risk.

  3. To Shavonne Carson: you are living in a dream world. This is reality. And in reality, my brother has been killed by another stupid and unqualified cop. It’s just time to move into reaction mode. Kill all must be killed. Balance will be restored. “Blacks lives matter” never forget it. prepare yourself. Do you know why ISIS is feared by your leader, cos they used to kill to get what their believe into. Long time ago, your people also kill for the same reason and now you are enjoy peace and you forget all those killing. Human understand when life is threaten so let’s do it. Take guns, show them that Black’s people are still here, strong, ready and blacks lives matter. Slavery must end once for all. “Blacks lives matter”

    • yo…Anonymouth..”black lives matter”?
      to who? They do not matter to me, they certainly do not matter to the 15% performing the 53% murders… you were at a funeral of one of your OTHER “relatives” that was taken out..now your “brother”…next week we may, or may not read all about YOU…
      Just think, you could go out as part of a record setting year in this nation… I’ll be cheering in hopes of your participation in this event… GOOOoooooooooo Maggots !!

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  5. The cop could have been smarter too. He should have not used bullets. All he had to do was to hold a fan in front of his face and let his lips flap him to death. LOL LOL

  6. So if someone pulls a gun on you, and your a sworn in police officer you’re supposed to have a dialog with them when you’re surrounded by others individuals who are yelling at you and won’t stop and follow any directions from the officer and the person who pulled out their gun won’t put it down, the officer is to talk when no one is listening because everyone feels entitled
    to run amok? To not follow any form of authority because it doesn’t fit their ideals. So it’s ok to point a weapon at a police officer in the middle of the road and except the officer or officer’s not to react? are you nuts? It is common sense that during an altercation with a group of people that don’t follow directions of a legal authorized sworn police officer trying to enforce the law of the city he or she is employed by, and then someone in the altercation pulls out a weapon, that person better be ready to shot especially if he or she was making agressive physical or verbal threats. The slightest action when an officer or anyone is confronted by a known or unknown person(s) who pulls out a gun during a street argument, that officer or person may only have seconds to react, No one knows if the individual pulling out a weapon in a aggressive manner during an argument is going to lose it and start and start shooting? And let’s say the officer was trying to communicate with the person and that the officer didn’t pull out a weapon, during this time of trying to talk of to de-escalate the person decides to start shooting at everyone. Why who knows? that’s the issue the officer(s) don’t know if the person is going to just say the hell with it all, might even think that he or she won’t get hurt. so now the officer(s) may be hurt which can now give the person access to the officers weapons or the person takes hostage’s during the confusion etc.etc. So now after the issue everyone will blame the officers for not protecting them. It’s a no win? If you have the guts or the stupidity or both to confront officers with a weapon in a threatening manner then you best be ready to pay the price, wrong or right in your mind doesn’t mean anything when the bullets start flying, it won’t stop bullets from hitting someone even if they think their righteous. If you think about it this man could be alive today, with all the witnesses and cameras he could have NOT pulled a gun and if the officer did stupid stuff and or illegal stuff he could of sued the Police dept. he had all the witnesses to testify on his behalf so there was no reason to pull out a weapon to confront the officers, this happen on a busy road with a bunch of people during daylight, he should have let things play out and if the officers screwed up just sue them and the city, pulling out a gun didn’t help the case!