RACINE — Sgt. Eric Giese, a 12-year veteran of the Mount Pleasant Police Department, will not face criminal charges for the fatal June 15 shooting of 18-year-old Ty’ Rese West.
In her decision, Racine County District Attorney Tricia Hanson stated, “it is my opinion that Sergeant Giese’s actions in this case fall under the privilege of self-defense.”
Following a 10-minute meeting between West’s family and Hanson, Monique West, Ty’ Reses’s mother, announced Hanson’s decision not to charge Giese to a crowd gathered outside the Racine County Courthouse.
More than 300 people chanted outside the courthouse before, during and after the Wests met with Hanson. Chants included “No justice, no peace,” “What do we want? Justice!” And “What’s his name? Ty’ Rese!”
“We’re going to keep on fighting,” said West’s mother Monique West, who urged those gathered in support of the family on Wednesday night to vote Hanson out of office.
“You cannot justify two shots to the head,” she said.
Protesters held signs saying “All lives will matter when Black lives matter” and “Jesus was a victim of police brutality too.”
The anger in group was palpable, as they called for Hanson to be removed from office. Activist Tory Lowe said that he is going to start a campaign to have Hanson recalled.
The Journal Times requested to sit in on the meeting Wednesday between Hanson and the Wests, but that request was denied. However, in a press advisory announcing the pending release of the decision, the District Attorney's Office extended condolences. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the West family for their loss."
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