In the latest example of systemic racism in America, prosecutors slapped a Black Illinois woman with felony firearm charges after she fired shots to ward off a gunman who killed her fiancé and the father of her two children.
Ashley Harrison, 26, of Aurora, Illinois, was charged Sunday with reckless discharge of a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, reports the Chicago Tribune:
Prosecutors say Harrison was driving in the 200 block of West Root Street with her fiancé, Garvin Whitmore, 27, around 5:20 p.m. Saturday when someone walked up and shot Whitmore in the head.
Harrison pulled a silver .357-caliber Magnum handgun that was in the car and fired several gunshots in the air, Assistant State’s Attorney Lesley Gool said.
Surveillance cameras from a nearby business caught Harrison on camera shooting into the air, Gool said.
During the hearing, Cook County Judge Adam Donald Bourgeois Jr. asked prosecutors if she had any other choice, saying, “That sounds like self-defense to me. What would you have her do? I mean, she chose the life to be out here with guys like that, that do that sort of thing.”
The judge set her bond at $250,000.
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SOURCE: Chicago Tribune | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform