Illinois Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Black Teen Inside Car is Fired

Marcellis Stinnette, 19

An Illinois officer who had been placed on leave after shooting two people in a car Tuesday night, fatally injuring one, has been fired by the Waukegan Police Department.

The officer, who was not identified, was a five-year member of the department and is Hispanic. He was terminated Friday night “for multiple policy and procedure violations,” Department Commander Edgar Navarro said in a press release.

Marcellis Stinnette, 19, was killed, and his girlfriend, Tafara Williams, 20, was injured after the officer shot into a car that allegedly reversed toward him.

On Friday, attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci – who represent the families of George FloydDaniel PrudeByron Williams and others – said that they had been retained to represent Williams. Williams has serious injuries but is expected to recover.

“Ms. Williams’ legal team will begin our own investigation into what happened during that incident, because we do not trust the police narrative in this case. We have seen over and over that the ‘official’ report when police kill Black people is far too often missing or misrepresenting details,” Crump said in a press release. “We will share our findings with the public when we have uncovered the truth.”

The incident happened just before midnight Tuesday, when an officer approached a “suspicious” vehicle, Navarro told reporters Wednesday. As the officer was conducting his investigation, the vehicle fled and was spotted moments later by another officer, who got out of his car to approach the vehicle, Navarro said.

“That officer exited his vehicle, and the vehicle that he was investigating began to reverse towards the officer. The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and fired into the vehicle,” Navarro said.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Grace Hauck