Saturday, January 19, 2013

Video Of Alleged CVS Shoplifter's Killing Prompts Call For New Probe

I want to take some time to share what's going on in my city, Chicago. I am not a promotor for violence. I do however, feel it is wrong to look the other way when there is chaos. I've always tried to look at all angles of what the media hands us. Now I'm just asking you to do the same. Put yourself in the position of  every human being mentioned in this story as well as the on lookers before you judge. Violence is like a drug in our city. Several of us tend to use it as a way to release frustration or fear. I am guilty, are you? So, whose to say it can't happen to you.

"After the leaking of a disturbing video showing the final moments of
Anthony Kyser being attacked and killed by the manager of a CVS pharmacy
in Chicago, a congressman is calling for a new probe into the man's

"The video, posted Thursday by DNAinfo Chicago, was taken from surveillance footage of an alley
near the CVS store in the city's Little Village neighborhood where
35-year-old Kyser fled after allegedly stealing toothpaste and crayons
on May 8, 2010."

"The video shows Kyser being pushed to the pavement and strangled by
the store manager after a brief struggle while a second man appears to
kick and punch Kyser and other men join in to hold him down. At one
point, Kyser stops struggling. (Click through to DNAinfo to watch the full video, which contains graphic content.)"

"Police investigating the incident opted not to file charges as the
CVS manager, who has been identified as Pedro Villanova, claimed self
defense and they ruled it an accident. The Cook County Sheriff's Office also did not investigate the off-duty county officer who was on the scene
as Kyser was being killed, but did nothing to stop the struggle.
Kyser's death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner's
Office, DNA reports."

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