TLC’s T-Boz is outraged seeking justice for the wrongful death of her mentally-ill cousin Eddie Russell Jr who was gunned down by Peoria Police. Eddie was shot between 17-20 times for allegedly having a gun and “aggressively” coming towards police after they used his mother to get him out of the house. T-Boz took to social media to call for a true investigation and made some great points.
For years Police have been cautioned to treat known mentally-ill suspects differently, but that’s a rarity. According to T-Boz the police where aware Eddie was mentally-ill and still decided to murder him. This comes in the middle of T-Boz’s book tour promoting Sickle Cell awareness, and her journey with it.
Whether or not the gun was present, which according to this photo obtained at the Bank Eddie Russel was a suspect for in the robbery, there’s no gun, T-Boz says the system failed Eddie. Considering the justice system is created to kill, and incarcerate men of colour, the system didn’t fail, it succeeded. Shamefully.
“My Cousin Was Shot 18 Times Including the Face and Back of His Head! He Harmed NO ONE EVER! He Had Mental Health Issues AND THE COPS KNEW THAT! Anything he’s ever Done Was minor and NON VIOLENT! Eddie Russell Jr -A Human-Being -A Son- Brother-Friend-Nephew – Cousin-HUMAN! The cops told his mother to call him out on a bullhorn 📢 USED her saying “WE WILL GIVE HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS” and He Came Out Because He Heard His Mother and They used beyond excessive force to gun him down also with heavy artillery used in warfare! 18 times? Shot eighteen times???
IF THEIR GOING ON WHAT HES HOLDING AT THE BANK THAT ISN’T A GUN! (Picture Is Posted)They Keep saying he had a gun! I don’t see a gun in his hand at the bank they say he tried to rob! That’s NOT A GUN! They blocked everyone off including neighbors at a 4 block radius including his mother and father and family!People could NOT go home! So no camera phones accessible is that why? COPS DIDN’T HAVE ON BODY CAMS now isn’t that convenient! They Lied and told family members Eddie Jr was at the hospital to get them away from the house knowing he was dead outside the house where they killed him! They kept his BODY OUTSIDE ON THE GROUND FOR MANY MANY HOURS! First they reported he ran out shooting =LIES! Then one cop shot =LIES! Then 5-6 shots =LIES! Then 5-6 cops shot YEAH CLEARLY! But why SO MANY TIMES? Why THE AR15?
They didn’t even wait for the negotiator to arrive or is it that the negotiator took his time getting there? They haven’t Even Gave my cousin the RESPECT of trying to call and explain WHAT HAPPENED IN DETAIL TO HER CHILD! He needs JUSTICE! His Mother and Father and Family need JUSTICE!!!! This wasn’t a hostage situation! He didn’t threaten anyone’s life! This was a mentally iLL young man who needed help and should have received just that! PLEASE HELP HIS MOTHER AND SPREAD HER STORY SO SHE CAN GET THE HELP SHE NEEDS AND JUSTICE FOR HER SON!!!! His Mother Has Tried For Many Years To Get Her Son Mental Health Counseling He Needed! The system Failed Him and Her!”
T-Boz Family Plans To Sue:
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