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Dakota Bright, Chicago, mom

Mom of Slain Chicago Teen Upset That Cop Was Cleared in Shooting

A Chicago Police Board ignored an oversight committee’s recommendation and cleared a Chicago cop of any wrongdoing in the shooting death of a Black teen in 2012 on Thursday, angering the child’s mother, per reports.

Panzy Edwards expressed outrage over the decision to clear Chicago Police officer Brandon Ternand

“My baby don’t come home. They hurt me. They is wrong they is wrong on so many levels,” Edwards said, according to ABC 7 in Chicago.

Officer Ternand shot Dakota Bright in the back of the head six years ago after a foot chase. The Independent Police Review Authority found the cop at fault for the teen’s death.

“We are not always going to agree. Sometimes we will. In this case we didn’t. So, it is what it is,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Ternand won’t be fired or be disciplined over the shooting, per the decision.

“They killed my baby almost six years ago back there and they killed me yesterday when I got that call. They are tearing us down,” Edwards said.

Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.