Chicago Police Chief Blames 7-Year-Old Amari Brown’s Death On Father

Superintendent Garry McCarthy said the bullet that claimed the life of little Amari Brown was meant for his father who he says is a ranking gang member.

Amari, 7, was shot while standing with his father on the sidewalk in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The boy, affectionately known as BooBoo, was shot in the right side of his chest and taken to Stroger Hospital where he later died, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

McCarthy held a news conference Sunday and said the system failed Amari. McCarthy said the boy’s father Antonio Brown, who has been arrested 45 times and has a lengthy criminal record, should not have been on the streets.

“If Mr. Brown is in custody, his son is alive,” McCarthy said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “That’s not the case. Quite frankly, he should’ve have been on the street.”

Police say Antonio has been uncooperative in their investigation.

Amari’s father was at a loss for words during a press conference when discussing the murder of his son.

Antonio reportedly told the Tribune that he thought the shots that killed his son were just fireworks. But then people started yelling, “They shot your son,” and he saw Amari collapsed on the ground, he said.

“I picked him up and put him in the car. I was in the back seat, I was talking to him the whole time. I was like, ‘You cool, I know you cool,’ ” Brown said. “Yeah, I’m cool. I’m cool,” Amari answered, according to Brown.

Gun violence over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago has left 10 people dead and 54 people wounded, according to Chicago Tribune. The number of victims from gun violence is down from last year’s Fourth of July Weekend. In 2014, there were 82 people shot and 18 people killed.

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  • Slain 7-year-old Amari Brown’s Dad A ‘Ranking’ Gang Member, Not Cooperating With Authorities

    In his 2015 Grammy award winning rap performance, “I”, American Rap Performance Artist Kendrick Lamar reveals, “I’ve been dealing with depression ever since an adolescent.”

    During a January 20, 2011 LAWeekly interview (Google search) Kendrick, born in 1987, the same year songwriter Suzanne Vega wrote a song about child abuse and VICTIM DENIAL that was nominated for a Grammy award, he told the interviewer:

    “Lamar’s parents moved from Chicago to Compton in 1984 with all of $500 in their pockets. “My mom’s one of 13 [THIRTEEN] siblings, and they all got SIX kids, and till I was 13 everybody was in Compton,” he says.”

    “I’m 6 years old, seein’ my uncles playing with shotguns, sellin’ dope in front of the apartment. My moms and pops never said nothing, ’cause they were young and living wild, too. I got about 15 stories like ‘Average Joe.'”

    Sadly, 7-year-old Amari Brown is a victim of horrific child abuse that lead to his demise.

    For years American rappers like Kendrick and Tupac have been writing or speaking about the CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT that has been harming children for decades, depriving them, their siblings, cousins, neighborhood friends, elementary and JHS classmates of experiencing a safe, fairly happy Average Joe or Josie American kid childhood.

    Are you going to vote for HRC because over the years she has DONE SO MUCH to protect children from immature, irresponsible teens and young women who emotionally abuse and neglect their children…teens and women who demonstrate very little concern for their children’s well being and future?


  • Harriet__Tubman

    what a piece of shit

  • Vanitas

    The tragedy is the result of systematic neglect of their community by the capitalist, racist White power structure, if there had been a youth center, or even an outreach program, the nation would not have had to endure this needless and painful loss to our vibrancy. Let us awaken to our collective responsibility and provide more money for those inner city youth programs.

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