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13-year-old boy shot eight times by Chicago police

August 5, 2011

by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World

After police shot him eight times, Jimmell Cannon, 13, was handcuffed to his hospital bed.
Jimmell Cannon, 13, was shot eight times in the shoulders, hand and leg by Chicago Police on Monday, July 25, in West Humboldt Park neighborhood. While he is at Stroger Hospital in serious-to-critical condition, his family is looking for answers. The way they saw the events unfold does not correspond to what Chicago Police report.

According to NBC Chicago, “Chicago police say a 13-year-old boy was pointing a weapon at officers when they were forced to shoot him … but the teen’s family said Jimmell Cannon wasn’t holding a gun and that his hands were up in the air when shots were fired.” Cannon’s family says that they were at a birthday party for a cousin when the shooting took place. NBC Chicago reports in more detail:

“Police said in a statement that officers were responding to reports of gunshots around 11 p.m. when they tried to talk to the teen in the 4200 Block of West Cortez. Jimmell Cannon apparently matched the description of the gunman.

“The Fraternal Order of Police said the boy had what appeared to be a pistol in his hand and ran away from the officers … The teen then refused orders to drop the gun, according to police, and pointed it in the direction of the officers.

“An officer fired, striking him. The Fraternal Order of Police said the officers handled the situation properly because a weapon was pointed at them.”

Police later discovered the weapon was just a BB gun. Cannon’s father, Jimmy Porter, says that his son is in stable condition and is expected to recover. He did add, however, that his son was shot twice in the same hand and that his hand might have the most serious injury.

Cannon’s family says that he is a good kid and is not caught up in the wrong crowd. NBC Chicago reports, “Cannon is a seventh grader at Brian Piccolo Specialty School.”

Ayvaunn Penn is the founder of Your Black Poets and an award winning writer completing her degree in English and philosophy. To inquire about her freelance editing services, click here. To like Ayvaunn on Facebook, click here.


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