An off-duty Chicago cop guns down #JoshuaBeal in a road rage incident https://t.co/GUnRn3rVZv pic.twitter.com/AxKmnx101h
— The Root (@TheRoot) November 6, 2016
A 25-year-old man from Indianapolis was killed Saturday afternoon by an off-duty police officer in a predominantly white Chicago neighborhood. The young man was visiting the Windy City to attend his cousin’s funeral.
According to ABC 7, police say that Joshua Beal was in a car during a funeral procession that was stuck in traffic in front a local firehouse in Mount Greenwood. An off-duty firefighter confronted the driver to tell them that they were illegally blocking the fire lane which prompted the cars’ driver and passengers to get out of the vehicle and began a verbal and physical altercation with the firefighter. Shortly after, an off-duty Chicago police officer, who was close by, came to “help” the firefighter.
As the altercation was unfolding, a different Chicago police officer—who happened to be a sergeant—claims he drove by the scene and stopped when he saw a man with a gun. After the man “failed to drop his weapon, shots were fired striking the individual multiple times”—the sergeant was the shooter, police said.
Paramedics took Beal to nearby hospital who was later pronounced dead at 3:44 p.m., the Chicago Tribune reported.
However, the Beals family tells a completely different story.
“Chicago police gunned my baby down like a viscous [sic] animal,” Tiffaney Boxley, Beal’s mother told ABC7. “They shot him twice in the back and three times in his front,” she added.
According to Beals’ sister Cordney Boxley, while they were on their way to church to bury their cousin, her sister was cut off and almost driven off the road. Immediately after, she said her family and the motorist who had cut …read more