A video posted to YouTube Sunday captured a volatile scene as an outraged community confronted Chicago police as they insensitively towed a car containing the bodies of two homicide victims.
The video is titled: “So damn disrespectful, this is just not right . . .” and was filmed by a social media user who goes by the name Jay Hustle.
At approximately 2:35 a.m. on Sunday, a car containing three people was fired upon as they drove through the Humboldt Park area.
The driver, Darron Thomas, 32, and passenger Kenneth J. Wallace, 35, were pronounced dead at the scene after each being struck with multiple bullets. A 26-year-old-woman in the backseat of the vehicle was shot in the right ankle, but survived.
The police department decided to tow the vehicle containing the two victims in front of a crowd who had gathered outside the crime scene with apparently no concern over who may see the gruesome scene as they traveled.
One of the victims was reportedly still hanging out of a window.
“How do you tow a car with a deceased body in it? They are towing a car with a deceased body in it,” Hustle laments at the beginning of the video, as a furious crowd confronts the officers at the scene.
“They towed the car with a body hanging out the window. When did it become procedure to tow a car with a deceased body hanging out of a window with a repo truck?! Only in Chicago,” he continues on to ask.
The scene seems to escalate as the crowd approaches the crime scene tape. An officer is seen grabbing someone’s shirt and pulling out their baton as if they are going to strike them. Thankfully, they do not.
“Now they are provoking the people who are out here by laughing and shit, this is crazy,” Hustle, the man filming narrates.
Police told the Chicago Sun-Times that they sometimes leave bodies in the vehicles to “protect the integrity of the crime scene.”
“From time to time, depending on the unique circumstances of the death, bodies may be left in vehicles and removed in private area at the ME’s office. This would be done to protect the integrity of the crime scene [the car] while at the same time preserving the dignity of the deceased by handling their bodies in a private area rather than on the street in full view of onlookers.
“CPD is sensitive to the handling of bodies in public, and detective bureau has implemented procedures to minimize any community concerns that may arise from the manner in which crime scenes are processed.”