The city of Chicago will not release police reports on the death of a teenager shot 16 times because he was a juvenile, NBC5 in Chicago reports.
The city says state law prohibits it from releasing the normally public documents, though a Northwestern University Law professor says the city is wrong. NBC5 News, which requested the documents, has appealed the city’s decision with the Illinois Attorney General’s office.
Warren Robinson, 16, was shot and killed after being chased by Chicago police in July 2014, three months before the now infamous deadly police shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald.
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A Law Department spokesman said in an e-mail: “The State prohibits the City from releasing law enforcement records that relate to a minor who has been investigated, arrested or taken into custody before his or her 18th birthday.”
Police reports surrounding McDonald’s fatal shooting have since been released. Northwestern University Law professor Sheila Bedi said the city's position is “absolutely false.”