Attorney Demands Names Of Cops Who Shot, Killed Autistic Teen

CALUMET CITY, Ill. (CBS) — An attorney is demanding the names of two Calumet City police officers involved in the shooting death of a 15-year-old autistic boy last month.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, the officers who shot and killed Stephon Watts in his home are on administrative leave, pending the outcome of a criminal investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

So far, the suburb is refusing to name the two officers. But now, attorney Marion Victoria Cruz, who is representing the boy’s family, tells the Northwest Indiana Times she has filed a motion to force Calumet City officials to give her the names as she prepares to file a lawsuit in the case.

The officers were called to the home when the boy became unruly on the morning of Feb. 1. Calumet City Police contend that Stephon slashed at the officers with a kitchen knife, and they shot and killed him in self-defense.

But Stephon’s father, Steven Watts, claims that nothing of the sort happened, and that Stephon had a butter knife that he was using to try to pry open the cabinet in which his computer had been locked for disciplinary reasons.

Police had been called to the Watts home because of Stephon’s acting out 10 times in two years. Steven Watts has said that he had been advised to do so by local hospitals in order to obtain a police report, before seeking hospital treatment.

Steven Watts said last month that he asked for one officer to come to the home to take the report, but said that Stephon had calmed down by the time police arrived and that he told them he did not need their assistance.

Watts’ family has also been seeking a federal probe of the deadly shooting.

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  • Jim

    They just aren’t going to let this rest! The crazed fool attacked officers with a knife! What the hell else do they need to know? What purpose does getting the officer’s names serve? Maybe a smear campaign? You rush a cop with a deadly weapon and you will be shot! Period! I can’t believe these people are trying to put the blame on officers. Trying to cash in on something like this is truly pathetic! They should feel ashamed of themselves! The moral of this story is obvious. Never rush at a law enforcement officer with a weapon, you will be shot and rightfully so!!!!

    • LYNDIA

      He was not a crazed fool. He was a child with a mental disability. Would you have been so cold if he was a bs honkey like you? No matter if you like it or not, that is immaterial, this family is going to walk away with some money and plenty of it sucker.

      • Jim

        Of course this is a racial thing in your mind, you filthy blue gummed negress. Rush at a cop with a deadly weapon and see what you get. This was a good shoot. The family will walk away with what they deserve, NOTHING!!!

  • Hachipisali

    “So I’m under arrest huh? alright, give me a half hour while I pop this cabinet open and get my computer out so I can notify my lawyer.”

  • g-man

    And I want to know how many times that family called for the police to help them control that sweet timid little 15 year old boy !!!

    • German Leprechaun

      … who they ALLOWED to run around the house with steak knives!!!

    • LYNDIA

      They had called many times and they knew what to expect. They did not have to kill the kid because they knew, FROM PRIOR CONTACT, that the boy had a MENTAL DISABILITY.

      • Reb Biker

        So the cops should only shoot smart people who try to kill them?

      • Jim

        A mental disability does not excuse attacking police with a knife! I also would have taken the shot.

  • Jim

    Who the hell is a low enough scuz ball to report someone’s comment? CBS should eliminate that stupid button. Those of us that are here regularly, never use it. Only cowardly pieces of sh!t would use it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • German Leprechaun

      a-HA!!! So YOU’RE the one!!!

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