Monday, September 16, 2019

DA to announce decision in Ty' Rese West shooting on Wednesday, 96 days after incident

From The Journal

RACINE — On Wednesday night, Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson will announce her decision whether or not charges will be issued against Mount Pleasant Police Sgt. Eric Giese in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Ty’ Rese West.

Hanson confirmed the announcement after meeting with members of West’s family Monday morning. She said she will meet with West’s family and their attorneys at 6 p.m. Wednesday and announce her decision afterward, Hanson said in a Monday email.

The decision — which Hanson said would be posted online by the Racine Police Department, which conducted the investigation — will come 96 days after the shooting.

Giese stopped West early on June 15 because West was reportedly riding his bike without a light.

Police said West fled and Giese saw that West had a gun; Giese shot West an undisclosed number of times after “less-lethal” methods failed.

Investigators said a handgun was recovered on the scene, but questions have remained as to whether West drew the gun he reportedly had, where the gun was discovered and whether Giese was wearing a body camera during the incident.

West’s family says he was not the type of person who would have drawn a gun on police.

“Ty’ Rese is terrified of the police,” said Monique West, Ty’ Rese’s mother. “The only thing he is going to do is run. That’s it."


Monique West sent a letter to Racine and Mount Pleasant officials last week pleading for more information to be released. It led to a protest Monday morning outside the Racine County Courthouse, in which about 15 protesters stood with signs and demanded a meeting with Hanson.

“It’s unbelievably frustrating, stressful,” said Dwight Person, West’s father. “Ever since it happened, I haven’t been able to get any sleep. I haven’t been to sleep at all.”

As Person spoke, he held a sign that contained a previously released photo of his son’s corpse that shows what appear to be two bullet holes in his head. Under the photo were the words “son, brother, friend.” Opposite the photo of West was a picture of Giese, underscored by the words “bad cop.”

The top of the sign read: “This is murder.”

“He’s a monster,” Person said of Giese. “He’s a monster.”

About 40 minutes into the protest, Person; Monique West; Barbara West, Ty’ Rese’s grandmother; and Jillian Rodriguez, Monique’s cousin, were invited to speak with Hanson. They emerged from the courthouse about 15 minutes later.

Hanson’s office said she will not be speaking with media after the meeting. West’s family said they will hold a press conference outside of the courthouse after the decision is announced.

Even after the meeting Monday, protesters remained, chanting, "No justice, no peace."


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