The cause of death of a 15-year-old teen is under dispute in Chicago. The family of Steven Rosenthal, who is Black, has demanded the release of a video of the young man’s death during their disagreement with police statements saying the teen committed suicide after he fled from cops on Friday (Aug. 17).
Rosenthal’s family believes Chicago PD killed the young man, saying there is no way that the teen would have shot himself in the head. “I need to see evidence, body cams. They need to release the video. My nephew would never commit suicide, ever,” said his aunt, Terinica Thomas, according to WBBM. “My 15-year-old nephew, Steven, was shot and killed by Chicago Police Department.”
Protesters had gathered Sunday to demand answers in Rosenthal’s death amid the dispute between the teen’s family and police.
A video that will shed light on exactly what happened to the teen in his last moments will be released and shown to the family first after legal hurdles are cleared, Chicago police said.
“Any time you have a juvenile involved in releasing video, it’s different. So we’ll look at everything, and when feasible and lawfully [we’ll release the video,”] Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said Monday. “Certainly we would like the family to see it first.”
Rosenthal was stopped and questioned by cops after they believed he was armed, police said, adding he fled from officers and then shot himself after a brief foot pursuit in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood. Ballistics and camera footage corroborate their story that the teen killed himself and officers didn’t fire any weapons during the confrontation, they also claimed.
The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office deemed Rosenthal’s death a suicide. However, witnesses have contradicted the cause-of-death ruling, Rosenthal’s family and attorney said. The teen’s relatives and community are demanding justice.
A GoFundMe has been started for Rosenthal.
The World Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Aretha Franklin
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4. Patti LaBelle
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5. Barbra Streisand
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This photo was taken in 2012 when Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer,but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world pic.twitter.com/Px9zVB90MM— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) August 16, 2018
6. Don Lemon
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.@DonLemon: This country has lost one of our greatest treasures. Aretha Franklin.— Don Lemon Tonight (@DonLemonTonight) August 17, 2018
With a heart as big as her voice, and a soul that helped power the March for Freedom for people of color, when she insisted like she always did on Respect https://t.co/QN8HgpBYuU pic.twitter.com/OPnLVGARMf
7. Harlem Gospel Choir On GMA
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The Harlem Gospel Choir is here with us live in Times Square this morning, helping celebrate the life of Aretha Franklin. pic.twitter.com/DkZxIrdq0N— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 17, 2018
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This woman played a BIG part in my life. She played a genuine role in my life similar to how my Grandmother was very dear to me. I’ll never forget the talks we shared together. Auntie, kill the choir up there in Heaven & know that your Music will last forever. #Iconic 💔 pic.twitter.com/UXAw9PCQ8H— Fantasia Taylor (@TasiasWord) August 17, 2018
9. Celine Dion
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I'm saddened to learn that Aretha Franklin has passed.The most soulful and inspirational singer of our time. / Je suis attristée d'apprendre le décès d’Aretha Franklin. La chanteuse la plus inspirante de notre époque. - Céline xx…— Celine Dion (@celinedion) August 16, 2018
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10. Clive Davis
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12. Aretha Franklin's Childhood Home In Memphis, TennesseeSource: 12 of 14
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