Protesters Demand Justice For Teen Who Shot Himself While Running From Cops

The Chicago medical examiner ruled the death of Steven Rosenthal a suicide after he ran from police and shot himself.

Chicago, IL - More than 100 protesters rushed the doors of Mount Sinai Hospital emergency room on Sunday demanding to see the dead body of 15-year-old Steven Rosenthal.

The Chicago Tribune reported that protesters yelled Let us see Steve! and chanted No justice, no peace! as they scuffled with hospital security that was blocking the doorway.

But Rosenthals body wasnt even at the hospital.

He had been transported to the medical examiners office after he was pronounced dead on Friday, police said.

The shooting occurred just after 7 p.m. on Aug. 17 after officers spotted Rosenthal with a weapon and tried to question him, FOX News reported.

Police said Rosenthal ran from the officers and then shot himself in the head shortly thereafter, the Chicago Tribune reported. He died at his home in the 1500-block of South Keeler Avenue in the Lawndale neighborhood.

The medical examiner ruled Rosenthals death a suicide from a gunshot wound to the head, according to the Chicago Tribune.

But the teens family doesnt believe them and said they had witnesses who claimed to have seen officers kill him.

Steven was on the stairwell of his grandmothers house on the West Side of Chicago when police officers stormed up the stairwell chasing, Andrew Stroth, an attorney for Rosenthals family, said during a press conference that preceded the protest. Within moments, these officers, without cause or provocation, shot and killed 15-year old Steven. Based on several eyewitness accounts, these officers ended the hopes and the dreams of a talented young man with a bright future.

However, ballistics and body camera footage show that none of the officers fired their weapons, and physical evidence showed that Rosenthal shot himself, according to CBS News.

Rosenthals aunt, Terinica Thomas-Level, called out Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during the press conference, and demanded the release of the officers bodycam footage from the incident.

My 15-year old nephew Steven was shot and killed by the Chicago Police Department, Thomas-Level claimed. I need the attention of Mayor Emanuel. I need to see evidence. Bodycams. They need to release the video. My nephew would never commit suicide ever.

If he [Emanuel] even had the smallest compassion for our family, hed get those videotapes released, she said.

The medical examiner has not released Stevens body, the familys attorney said. The family is demanding to see the body, the family is demanding to see the evidence, the family is demanding to see the supposed, alleged weapon that was on the scene. The family deserves justice, and thats what the family is fighting for.

But Chicago Police Spokesman Michael Carroll told the Chicago Tribune that the police department has not come to a point where the decision has been made to release the bodycam video.

Carroll said the shooting was still under investigation, and that he was not aware of any formal complaints alleging police misconduct having been made by Rosenthals family.

Carroll said the shooting was still under investigation, and that he was not aware of any formal complaints alleging police misconduct having been made by Rosenthals family.

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LEO0301
LEO0301

I can understand the family's grief, especially since the suicide victim is so young but I'm sure that the Chicago Police wouldn't put out a statement without evidence to back their claim. I suspect that the family would still be crying foul even if the video evidence showed their child killing himself. It's all about the $$$$$$ when it comes to these type of events and now that an attorney has gotten into the mix I'm positive that is what they will be looking for.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

I still haven't heard much outcry for all the killings a few weeks ago in Chicago, so I guess those were ok and there is no lottery win there.

rover77
rover77

demanding 'justice' in the form of publicity and compensation is a cottage industry in the hood.there is even a script..

JBo
JBo

"...these officers ended the hopes and the dreams of a talented young man with a bright future.

What talent? Carrying a gun and not being fleet of foot isn't talent. The officers didn't end his hopes...his family did by not raising him properly.

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

COMPLY don't DIE