Families demand Chicago police, mayor explain shooting deaths

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Families of Two People Shot Dead by Chicago Police Demand Change

The families of two black Chicagoans killed by police accused officers on Sunday of having used excessive force and Mayor Rahm Emanuel of having failed them, piling pressure on a city facing a U.S. federal probe over possible racial bias in policing.

Police shot Quintonio LeGrier, 19, a male college student who was visiting his father, and Bettie Jones, a 55-year-old mother of five, on Saturday.

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Family members said police were called after LeGrier threatened his father with a metal baseball bat. Jones, who lived in a first-floor apartment, was shot through the door, said her cousin Evelyn Glover.

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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Family, friends and supporters gather outside the home of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier during a vigil on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones and LeGrier were shot and killed yesterday at the front door of the home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made the father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holiday. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: LaTonya Jones, the daughter of Bettie Jones holds a picture of her mother during a vigil outside her home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Janet Cooksey the mother of Quintonio LeGrier attends a vigil for her son on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of his home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by his father. Bettie Jones, 55, was also killed by police during the incident. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Jacqueline Walker speaks to the press about the death of her friend 55-year-old Bettie Jones on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: LaTonya Jones (C), the daughter of Bettie Jones, hugs a crying child during a vigil outside her home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Janet Cooksey, the mother of Quintonio LeGrier, attends a vigil for her son on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of his home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by his father. Bettie Jones, 55, was also killed by police during the incident. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Janet Cooksey speaks to the press about the death of her son Quintonio LeGrier before the start of a vigil on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of his home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by his father. Bettie Jones, 55, was also killed by police during the incident. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Garry Mullen, the husband of Bettie Jones, speaks during a vigil outside her home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: A blood-soaked rag and crime scene tape remain in the trash can outside the home a day after Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier were killed on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones and LeGrier were shot and killed yesterday at the front door of the home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made the father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holiday. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Crime scene tape remains in the trash can outside the front door a day after Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier were killed on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones and LeGrier were shot and killed yesterday at the front door of the home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made the father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holiday. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: LaTonya Jones, the daughter of Bettie Jones, holds a picture of her mother during a vigil outside her home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Bettie Jones was shot and killed yesterday at the front door of her home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made by her upstairs neighbor. Quintonio LeGrier, was also killed by police during the incident. The father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holidays, called police when his son was being unruly in the family home. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: Family, friends and supporters gather outside the home of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier during a vigil on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones and LeGrier were shot and killed yesterday at the front door of the home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made the father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holiday. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 27: The Rev. Jesse Jackson joins family, friends and supporters of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier during a vigil outside their home on December 27, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois. Jones and LeGrier were shot and killed yesterday at the front door of the home by police responding to a domestic dispute call made the father of LeGrier, a 19-year-old college student who was home for the holiday. Police have said Jones's death was an accident. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
LaTarsha Jones, center, daughter of Bettie Jones, is comforted by family and friends during a press conference on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015, in front of the house where Bettie Jones was killed in the West Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday. Bettie Jones was accidentally shot and killed by a member of the Chicago Police Department. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
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Police said LeGrier was being combative. They said Jones was killed by accident and extended condolences.

"This needs to stop. No mother should have to bury her child," Janet Cooksey, LeGrier's mother, told a news conference in front of the home. She said her son was shot seven times. She previously told reporters her son suffered from mental illness.

Several people who spoke wore T-shirts reading, "Rahm Failed Us." Family members demanded to know why police used lethal force.

High-profile killings of black men by police officers since mid-2014 have triggered waves of protest - including in Chicago, the country's third-largest city - and fueled a civil rights movement under the name Black Lives Matter.

After the news conference, about 100 people including neighbors and religious leaders held a vigil in neighborhood streets, with many saying they did not trust the police to be truthful about what happened.

"We are under siege here in Chicago," Ira Acree, pastor of the Greater St. John Bible Church, said at the vigil. "Trigger- happy cops are still engaged in senseless murders of people of color."

A Chicago police video of the fatal shooting of another black teenager sparked protests last month, with activists demanding the resignation of Mayor Emanuel, a former chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

A federal investigation is under way over the department's use of deadly force and officer discipline.

LeGrier, a sophomore at Northern Illinois University, was home for Christmas. His father is the landlord of the two-story wooden frame building where the shooting occurred.

Police said an unspecified weapon was recovered and no officers were hurt. They did not say whether there was a video of the incident, provided no information on officers involved, and said the department was unlikely to say any more on Sunday.

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