Who Speaks for Izael Jackson?

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CHICAGO – It has been nearly eight years since the police shooting death of 18-year-old Izael Jackson. According to Chicago police investigators, Jackson was shot after he jumped from a car near 61st and Prairie and opened fire on pursuing officers on April 24, 2010.

At the time of the shooting, investigators reported that they found a gun belonging to Jackson. They also claimed that Jackson’s DNA evidence was found on that gun. However, Seattle attorney Phillip Aaron who has been studying the Jackson case and is pursuing an appeal says, “To this day, the police investigators have refused to release the results of the DNA taken from the weapon they claimed Izael used to shoot at them. In fact, at trial investigators claimed that the DNA evidence was NEVER EVEN TESTED. We believe the DNA results will help prove that Izael was NOT ARMED.”

At a news conference on Tuesday, January 16th, Attorney Aaron will outline his case for appeal, including the use of testimony of eyewitnesses, who stated under oath that Izael Jackson was unarmed and posed no threat to the police. Those eyewitnesses also testified that police officers shot Jackson, three times in the back as he ran for his life, from what reportedly started out as a simple traffic stop.

More details will come as this story develops.

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Kelsey Stone

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