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A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder after a Chicago police officer fatally shot his 15-year-old friend Wednesday on the South Side
Brandon Ross and his friend Tatioun Williams allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint in the 7000 block of South Cregier Avenue Wednesday evening, and were confronted by police officers a short time later, the Chicago Tribune reports. When the officers told the teens to stop, Williams, who was holding the gun, allegedly turned in the officer's direction, Fox Chicago reports. Fearing for her life, the officer shot the 15-year-old, killing him.
Under state law, police can charge someone with murder when an accomplice is killed during the commission of a crime. Even though Ross didn't pull the trigger, he was charged as an adult with murder and armed robbery. He was ordered held on $900,000 bail Friday.
Originally posted by pplrnuts
Dont be a criminal and stuff like this wouldnt happen.
Originally posted by newcovenant
reply to post by purplemer
It is a travesty of justice but in their minds the young man would be alive were it not for their combined actions and so their decision to commit the crime was what got the one guy shot and so the survivor is responsible for the murder or death. It is an unwarranted and preposterous stretch of the circumstances and a convenient way to absolve oneself of guilt for shooting a child. By this reasoning anyone shot by police during a robbery could also be changed with shooting themselves.
Originally posted by RickyD
But really though the 16yo boy had no way of knowing or stopping the other boy from turning towards the police. I mean how fast did it happen? Probably in the blink of an eye...he probably didn't even have the time to say drop it. This is the sad state of justice in this twisted country we live in where police are above the law. So now because this kid made a stupid mistake when he was really too young to realize the implications that would affect the rest of his life they heap a bit more on him and more than likely he will spend it in prison for 25-life. I mean really how many people that live in that state even know of this law?