Mom whose son killed speaks at Chicago police-reform hearing


Police investigate the scene of a shooting where a two-year-old child, and a man in his twenties were killed and a pregnant woman was wounded in the Lawndale neighborhood on February 14, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — A mother whose son was fatally shot by a Chicago police officer struggled to keep her composure Thursday as she described to a federal judge how it took years to get basic information from the department about her son’s death.

Cynthia Lane was speaking at a hearing for members of the public to tell Judge Robert Dow Jr. their thoughts about a draft plan to reform Chicago police under court supervision. Dow will decide whether to approve the more than 200-page document.

The officer shot Lane’s 19-year-old son, Roshad McIntosh, in 2014. But a police-oversight agency reopened the case three years later when video raised question about parts of the officer’s account. A lawsuit from the family alleging McIntosh was unarmed is pending.

“Depression is set in so bad with me, I don’t sleep,” Lane told Dow, her voice breaking.

She said her inability to get information from to police as she sought to understand what happened added to her trauma.

“We should be treated with more respect,” Lane said. “The decree needs to mandate that families are given as much information as possible.”

The two-day hearing began Wednesday . A majority of speakers have urged Dow to OK the plan . But several police officers have described it as hopelessly flawed and asked him to reject the plan.

The Trump administration has criticized the proposed reforms outlined in a consent decree. But it has little leverage to scuttle any plan negotiated between the state of Illinois and Chicago.

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