Continually asking Why in Chicago in April 2021?

A 13 year old out after dark with an armed 21 year old. Why? The 21 year old with the weapon survives, ( How? Why?) police shoot and kill the 13 year old. Why? The family asks for video to be held until they view it. Why?

The story at the link above raises questions that it doesn't ask. Why?Transparency with the taxpayers who fund this process, fund the subsequent investigation, and will, of course, fund logical consequences for CPD personnel involved in the shooting death of an unarmed 13 year old apparently is not yet possible. Why? Seven unasked and unanswered questions in one attempt at reporting the news.

Dr. Charles Whitaker ( Dean of the Medill School of Journalism at my undergraduate alma mater, Northwestern University) , or any other journalism education leader that I do not know, please explain how any news editorial board releases a story like this one in 2021. The reportage seems to have been born in the midst of fear of asking at least 7 different follow-up questions. I am asking these questions today because I believe if the questions had at least been asked, most people would have some trust in the news agency.

Armed with facts, those choosing to protest would have a reasonable demand for transparency and accountability for a family that allowed a 13 year old to be out of their home in the middle of the night during an ongoing pandemic. (Why and how does a child wind up in the wrong place at the wrong time?) Armed with facts, those choosing to speak up and out for justice, public safety, and some set of corrective and or rehabilitative consequences for the shooter would be able to focus their conversations with CPD and City leadership.



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Vernon Nickerson

STOP ASSESS FACILITATE EDUCATE/EVOLVE/ EFFECT PERMANENT PEACE I Also am a minority advocate for humans choosing to be unconditionally loving. Be S.A.F.E.