The family of Maurice Granton, Jr are saying the reports released by Chicago PD regarding his shooting Wednesday night are false. According to statements given to the Chicago Tribune, police described the shooting to be “an armed encounter between the offender and police”. However, family members of Maurice are describing it as an execution. Saying the 24-year-old, father of two was shot in the back as he ran away from police.
Police also claim that Granton had a gun and pointed it at them before running, but Granton’s family has said the gun that was “recovered” did not belong to him.
“Since when does running validate somebody getting shot?” Joanna Varnado, Granton’s sister, asked rhetoricaly. “I don’t understand that. You’re not being offensive, you’re being defensive.”
“I just want to know what the real story is,” Varnado told the Tribune. “If it was misconduct, I want justice. My brother was 24 years old. He loved his girls. That’s all he lived for, was his kids.”
“We’ve had all kinds of police corruption, we’ve had police torture cases, but we’ve never had so many cases where there is clear evidence that police actually set people up for crimes they didn’t commit,” Marshall Hatch, a minister and activist in Chicago, told the AP on Sunday.
Family members of Maurice Granton, Jr. don’t believe their brother had an armed confrontation with police. They believe he was shot running away. The details of the officer involved shooting on @fox32news this morning. pic.twitter.com/OBpRzMow6h
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) June 7, 2018