HARVEY, Ill. — The family of a man shot and killed by Illinois State Police last fall have already filed a lawsuit, now they want the trooper charged with murder.
Darren Green, Jr.’s family and attorneys held a press conference Thursday. They say the trooper shot Green intentionally during a traffic stop and they want him charged.
Illinois State Police released dash cam video from the fatal shooting on Oct. 7 and it shows the troopers making the traffic stop in Harvey. ISP says it was for the driver of the vehicle not having their headlights on.
The driver is asked by officers to get out of the vehicle, and that’s when Illinois State Police say Green tried to get in the driver’s seat. When he did, ISP says the trooper noticed the handgun in his waistband.
In the video, you can hear the trooper shout, “gun, gun!” — there is a struggle and just before the vehicle launches forwards, a woman in the backseat pulls her 8-year-old daughter out of the car.
ISP says neither trooper fired their weapons and it was Green’s gun that went off, fatally striking him in the head. Green’s father and attorneys say they don’t believe the Illinois State Police’s version of events. They allege one of the troopers grabbed Green’s gun and fatally shot him.
Police say Green did not have a valid FOID card for the gun.
Green’s family have filed a lawsuit and are currently gathering more information about the troopers involved.