Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old punk who probably had a rap-sheet longer than your right arm, made a fatal error in his victim selection process Monday evening as he tried to intimidate Chicago’s finest. He threatened that he was going to knife the first cop that came close to him. His threat got squashed after he developed sudden and acute case of lead poisoning.
Check out the title of the Sun-Times story: Boy, 17, shot to death by police on Southwest Side identified
Boy? They write about him as though he was just an innocent five-year-old skipping his way to school with an apple and a bouquet of flowers for his teacher, stopping only to help the little old lady across the street.
That “boy” was out of control, breaking into cars, slashing tires, and generally being an anti-social piece of human debris threatening bystanders with a knife.
That “boy” was destined to kill people. Are you any less dead if a 17-year-old “boy” kills you as compared to a 17-year-old young man or 17-year-old man kills you?
This “boy” had a chance to surrender peacefully. Many chances.
He instead thought he was going to use his knife to intimidate the police into letting him go.
Guess the “boy’s” mom and dad (who are we kidding…) failed to teach him about respecting other peoples’ property and being a decent human being.
So the “boy” got dead.
It didn’t have to be that way.
But it was.
(Sun-Times) – A 17-year-old boy who was shot to death by a Chicago Police officer Monday night on the Southwest Side has been identified.
Laquan McDonald of the 500 block of North Springfield was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
About 9:45 p.m. Monday, Chicago Lawn District officers received a call about a person breaking into cars in the 4100 block of South Karlov, according to a statement from Chicago Police.
Officers found the 17-year-old “with a strange gaze about him” carrying a knife which he refused to drop when police ordered him to do so, Fraternal Order of Police spokesman Pat Camden said.
The teen used the knife to puncture the front passenger-side tire of a squad car and damage its front windshield before leading officers on a foot chase, police said.
Other officers used a squad car to try and box the boy in against a fence near 41st and Pulaski, Camden said. An officer shot him in the chest when he “refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers,” police said.