State’s Attorney Jerry Brady’s decision on Russell shooting
PEORIA, Ill Many in the Peoria community were stunned after Eddie Russell Jr. was killed in a police involved shooting back in September.
Russell was killed after police say he robbed a bank and eventually approached officers aggressively with a gun in hand at this active scene back in September.
The Illinois State Police conducted a full investigation of this incident and after nearly four months, Peoria County State attorney Jerry Brady presented his findings in this case.
shooting is found and I render the opinion that it was legally justified, said Brady.
In an extensive 13 page report, Attorney Brady presents the facts of the case,
state laws, and previously cases to back his decision.
But some are claiming that Brady facts aren adding up.
feel as though they have deliberately omitted details, said Keri Hayes.
During the conference Brady stated 17 shell casings were recovered at the scene.
Yet in his document it state shell casings were recovered.
Others are uneasy because the department knew that Russell had a mental illness and don believe that officers handled the situation properly.
fact that ERS was not called and they knew he had a mental illness is a big red flag, said Peoria resident Racheal O Police Chief Jerry Mitchell says all officers involved in the shooting were thoroughly trained on mental health issues but never gained contact with Russell.
Mitchell said, can have a lot of training but if the circumstances still unfold the way they unfolded I don know a different outcome. the department hopes things like body cameras will add a window of transparency between officers and the community.
still on pace for that late April first of may to make sure that we equipped with body cameras,