Once again, we have a man murdered at the hands of police for having an “insignificant amount of marijuana”. Thankfully, the officer has been charged with murder and will get his day in court; however, as we know, the conviction rate of police officers in these cases is appallingly low.
“Although, prosecutors said, the officers did not suspect the three of any criminal offense other than possession of cannabis, they detained them and ordered them to stand against a nearby glass wall.
As the officers began to pat them down, Robertson bolted. Prosecutors said four people saw the incident and that “none of the witnesses saw Robertson with a weapon nor did they see him gesture or turn toward the officers.”
As Robertson fled, prosecutors said, Tankson crouched and fired his pistol, hitting the victim once. Robertson “immediately fell face first to the ground and remained on the ground motionless,” prosecutors said. “No weapon of any kind was recovered from Robertson or in the vicinity.”
Chicago attorney Douglas Hopson, who represented the Robertson family, told the the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that the officer had yelled “‘If you don’t stop running, I’m going to shoot you,’ and Chad kept running.”
Hopson said Robertson, the father of two young children, had no criminal record, and was unarmed but was carrying “an insignificant amount” of marijuana.”
“Murder charges were leveled Friday against an Amtrak police officer accused of fatally shooting an unarmed Minneapolis man during an encounter in downtown Chicago.
LaRoyce Tankson, 31, made a brief appearance Friday before Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil, who set his bail at $250,000. He had turned himself in to police the night before, prosecutors said.
Tankson was charged with a single count of first-degree murder in the shooting of 25-year-old Chad Robertson, following a joint investigation by the FBI, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, and the Chicago Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division, prosecutors said. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if Tankson is convicted.”