So far Hazel Crest police say no charges will be filed against the 14-year-old girl who “accidentally” shot and killed 12-year-old Erica Gibson in Hazel Crest Saturday night May 8, 2021 (CBS 2’s Jermont Terry reports). YouTube Tips ⓘ
Erica Gibson’s family insists there is a video that Hazel Crest police investigators must see before they close the case of the shooting death of 12 year-old Erica Gibson that occurred while she visited a friend’s house. Hazel Crest police officers responded about 10:05 p.m. Saturday, May 8, 2021 to a report of a gunshot victim in the block of 17600 Arlington Lane in Hazel Crest.
Erica Gibson’s death was ruled a homicide by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. Erica died from a gunshot wound to the neck.
The social media video captured prior to the date of the shooting death Saturday night, May 8, 2021 allegedly shows the 14 year-old shooting suspect with the same gun that was used to kill Erica Gibson. The family says the TikTok video shows the teen suspect holding the gun, dancing with the gun, and flipping the middle finger while dancing with the long gun (rifle). The evidence indicates a history that an unsecured gun may have been accessible by an unsupervised teen.
Erica Gibson’s family wants the Cook County State’s Attorney to see the video to fully understand that a gun or guns were accessible on at least one other occasion prior to the fatal shooting. CBS 2 Chicago reports that the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office told CBS 2 Chicago that the case is not closed.
The victim’s family says the adults in the house, who are related to the shooter, are not saying anything to police.
While Hazel Crest Police Department has active Facebook and Twitter accounts, as of May 14, 2021, neither of the Hazel Crest Police Department social media accounts mention the fatal shooting of Erica Gibson in their community. There is no mention that there is a shooting investigation, and no request urging any citizens with information about the case to submit information or tips about the case.
There is no official statement from the Hazel Crest Police Department on their social media accounts regarding when and where the shooting occurred.
The victim’s family and Hazel Crest citizens don’t know whether the Hazel Crest police know who owns the gun.
The victim’s family and Hazel Crest citizens don’t know whether police know how the teen shooter obtained the gun.
The victim’s family and Hazel Crest citizens don’t know where the system failure to completely investigate the fatal shooting broke down — whether the failure occurred within the Hazel Crest Police Department or within a failure of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, or both.
In Hazel Crest, people just don’t know important details.
Social Media Priorities
Additionally, on the Hazel Crest Police Department social media accounts, there is no mention of general gun safety guidelines, Public Service Announcements or gun safety activism that could have aligned gun safety tips with the tragic shooting death of Erica Gibson.
However, there are activist statements regarding a quota for hiring women in the police force on Facebook, and understanding Climate Change on Twitter.
As of Friday, May 14, 2021 …
The most recent Facebook post with an active link is a message promoting “Advancing women in policing 30% women recruits by 2030”.
The most recent tweet on Twitter by the police department is a referral to fill out a “Sustainability survey” to promote protection of the environment and to address Climate Change.
The Village of Hazel Crest needs your help!
We want to know what matters most to you when it comes to protecting the environment and addressing Climate Change.
Please complete this survey.https://t.co/YU1iu1fbem
— Hazel Crest PD (@HazelCrestILPD) March 7, 2021
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