Police shot man dead after he called 911 for help 3 times

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Police Shot Man Dead After He Called 911 for Help 3 Times


Audio calls released Monday revealed that just minutes before Chicago police fatally shot neighbors Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones, LeGrier called 911 three times, requesting help from police.

"Can you please send the police?" LeGrier asked.

"To where?" the dispatcher asked.

"4710 W. Erie," LeGrier replied.

"What's wrong?" the dispatcher requested.

"I have an emergency," LeGrier said.

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That was LeGrier asking police to come to his home on the day after Christmas. The dispatcher hung up on LeGrier during one of the calls when he said his life was being threatened.

It wasn't until Quintonio's father, Antonio LeGrier, requested police that dispatch sent an officer.
"He's got a baseball bat in his hand," Antonio LeGrier said.

"How old is he?" the dispatcher asked.

"19," LeGrier said.

"Has he been drinking?" the dispatcher asked.

"Not to my knowledge," LeGrier replied.

"What's your name, sir?" the dispatcher asked.

"Antonio LeGrier," LeGrier said.

"OK. Watch for the police," the dispatcher replied.

When police arrived, Quintonio, a Northern Illinois University student, answered the door wielding a baseball bat and was shot by police along with Bettie Jones, who was the downstairs neighbor. Police have declared her death an accident.

Wrongful-death lawsuits have already been filed against the city, and the dispatcher is still employed but facing disciplinary action. Now, outraged residents are saying Chicago's emergency response system is greater cause for concern.

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