From Racine County Eye:
Donte Shannon’s family acknowledges
the 26-year-old didn’t always do the right thing when he was alive, but
they struggle with not knowing the circumstances around his death and
wonder why he was shot so many times.
Shannon fled on foot following a
traffic stop and brandished a gun. A witness reported hearing officers
tell Donte several times to drop the gun. He was shot Wednesday in the
1400 block of Park Avenue by Racine Police officers Chad Stillman and
Now officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice are investigating the shooting and are expected to report their findings to the Racine County District Attorney’s Office. Donte’s father Nakia Shannon said his son was shot 17 times, but that detail has not been confirmed by the DOJ.
At a town hall meeting Monday night,
hundreds of community members, family, and friends filled the common
council chambers at City Hall. Alderman John Tate II and Racine Mayor
Cory Mason called the meeting so the community could ask questions about
“We want you to have the opportunity to say your peace and know that
you are being listened to,” Tate said. “So ask questions, but know that
we don’t have the answers. We will, however, work to get them from the
Department of Justice.”
where the gun was that Donte had when he ran from police, why Stillman
and Boeck stopped Donte in the first place, why the officers didn’t have
body cameras, and what the department’s procedures were around the use
“I hurt. I hurt for my family. But most of all, I hurt for my grandbaby who is never going to have her daddy,” Nakia said.
But Donte’s criminal history is
peppered with drug charges of possession of marijuana, a hit-and-run,
bail jumping, gun possession, and obstructing police. Some of those
charges were dismissed, others were not over the past 10 years.
“He may have done some things wrong, but he never did anything violent and never should have been shot 17 times,” Nakia said.
Read more: https://www.racinecountyeye.com/community-packs-town-hall-meeting-following-death-of-donte-shannon/