Teen shot, killed by Harvey cop

Teen shot, killed by Harvey cop

There are 70 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Nov 8, 2007, titled Teen shot, killed by Harvey cop. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Illinois State Police are leading the investigation into the fatal shooting of a teenage boy by a Harvey police officer Wednesday night.

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nelly

United States

#2 Nov 8, 2007
I would like to hear more details before making a comment.
eleana

United States

#3 Nov 8, 2007
is so sad that all this things are happening to the youth people in harvey il just because they are in gangs
LEON

United States

#4 Nov 8, 2007
HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND IN THE ENTIRE WORLD.HARVEY POLICE OFFICERS ARE CORRUPTED HE SHOT HIM BECAUSE HE WANTED TO ROQUE WOULD NEVER DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT, HE WAS MY BUDDY,MY BEST FRIEND HE HAD A REALLY PAINFUL LIFE HIS FAMILY TREATED HIM LIKE A DOG.I WANTED TO HELP HIM BUT I NEVER GOT A CHANCE BECAUSE OF HIS MOM. ROQUE YOU"LL ALWAYS BE MY FRIEND
LEON

United States

#5 Nov 8, 2007
BY THE WAY IF ANY TOP POLICE OFFICERS READ THIS I HOPE YOUR MIND DOESNT LET YOU SLEEP AT NIGHT BECAUSE YOU GUYS ARE SUPPOSED TO PROTECT NOT MURDER TEENAGERS. YOU GUYS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS DEATH I HOPE THE STATE DOES SOMETHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE THIS IS STRANGE THAT HARVEY COP IS LYING ABOUT EVERYTHING
Joanna

Riverdale, IL

#6 Nov 9, 2007
what should a cop do when a gun is pointed at him?
I don't understand why you think it's the cop at fault. These cops have families and are doing their job. Grow up ya little punks
A Nonny Mouse

Chicago, IL

#7 Nov 9, 2007
The police in Harvey are scary as hell. I worked there for some years and was way more scared of the police than the teenagers! I'm not saying there is no crime and violence, but I also know that the police there are, by and large, NOT protecting the community; they are the mafia for politicians and their own interests.
Ex-Harvey

Lexington, KY

#8 Nov 9, 2007
A Nonny Mouse wrote:
The police in Harvey are scary as hell. I worked there for some years and was way more scared of the police than the teenagers! I'm not saying there is no crime and violence, but I also know that the police there are, by and large, NOT protecting the community; they are the mafia for politicians and their own interests.
I believe you're right. Thaty's exactly why people need to form organized groups to report crime areas, come up with plans to improve the town etc. If the administration won't help the town improve....the people have to right?
Doc

Hilo, HI

#9 Nov 9, 2007
What are the true details? Did the young man have the gun and if he did, was there any communication between the suspect and the officer. Cops have a very difficult job and making split second decisions can be deadly. No one will know what really happen out there until all the facts are brought to light. Ex-Harvey the people of Harvey have spoken when the elections were over. You won't see any organized groups trying to make things better. Change will happen when the citizens of Harvey are fed up with crime and coruption. They got rid of a good chief that never had a chance to really run the department with his vision. Now all we can do is sit back and wait for the drama to be exposed. I hope better comes but looking at the history of Harvey and the way things were handled, I don't think so.
Rest In Peace

Chicago, IL

#10 Nov 9, 2007
If I remember right, Police officers are there to protect, indead they do, but when things like this happens it makes me wonder whether police are required to learn what the difference between a real gun and a fake gun, from what I understand, this boy was shot from the back, if the officer was fearing for his life, dont you think they would have enough experience in shooting to kill or shooting to wound a suspect so that they wount get away. I hope this officer sleeps well at nite.
samenriquez

Chicago, IL

#11 Nov 9, 2007
My heart goes out to my Aunt, Uncle and cousins. I honestly wish that I would have had the opportunity to know Roque Jr. a little more tha I did. I guess I will always have great memories of when he was a kid. In closing, I only pray that justice will be surved against the Harvey Police Department, because they know how to cover up thier mess very well, as it has been proven. May you rest in peace Roque Dominguez Jr. You will be in my prayers.
Rhonin

Perris, CA

#13 Nov 9, 2007
Just one question. If the kid had a gun out, how did the cop shoot him first?
juan

United States

#14 Nov 9, 2007
is sad
teresa harvey il

Saint Joseph, MI

#16 Nov 10, 2007
roque you were a very nice person i cant believe this happened it was shocking news to me you will always be remembered!r.i.p.
Celi

Elk Grove Village, IL

#18 Nov 11, 2007
eleana wrote:
is so sad that all this things are happening to the youth people in harvey il just because they are in gangs
F.Y.I. He was NOT in a gang. Nowhere does it say he was a gangbanger.
cMe

United States

#20 Nov 11, 2007
According to the article:

"A Harvey police spokeswoman said the 17-year-old pointed a gun at the officer, prompting the officer to shoot him."

Excuse me? I won't believe that this youth pointed a gun at the police unless I can see it on videotape. If there's the possibility that there's any surviellance tape available someone needs to get to it before the police.

When Aaron H. was shot in the back in August(police denied this but the autopsy confirmed it)there were 5 such tapes that the city refused to release but told the media that they did not offer any information on the shooting. Yeah? So why weren't the tapes released?

And with all the police shooting and people getting killed by the police - who would point a gun directly at the officer? I don't believe it. I don't believe this young man pointed a gun at the police.

The plice will try to cover up the facts, no matter which department.
Dennis

Benton Harbor, MI

#25 Nov 11, 2007
Why is that all I hear is that all these poor innocent non-gang members point a weapon at an officer are shot, the police are immediately at fault and are slandered with juvenile ramblings such as above? It seems strange to me that in this day & age, that these individuals have yet to realize that when one points a weapon at a Police Officer, bad things are going to happen. I also believe that so many of the above need to go back to school and get an education so they can write complete sentences, punctuate & capitalize their ramblings and at least, look somewhat intelligent!
Jim

Bradenton, FL

#27 Nov 11, 2007
The point is, the young man is dead. You can argue until the cows come hame about how he was shot, what he did to get shot and whether he deserved to get shot. Wait til the true facts come out to form your opinions. If you say that he did not point a gun at the cop, were you there? Did you see? You are only guessing and if the truth be known, just how well did you know the victim? Can you truthfully say that you knew what he would do in any given circumstance? Let the facts come out, study them, then make your statements .
Yesenia

Onarga, IL

#33 Nov 13, 2007
police in harvey sucked and it is true police should have the experience to distinguised real guns and fake one's. I use to live in harvey some cops use to cruise around listening to very loud music. i never imagine that this would've happen to him he was such a good person that i will never forget his personality. Roque Dominguez will always be in my heart and in my prayers. Police such talk to the guys that were with him that same day he was shot, i also think of course police always get away with every thing. and still think their heroes well guess what yall must think yall are but hell to the no yallo not.

"Rest in peace Roque Dominquez"
yesenia

Onarga, IL

#35 Nov 13, 2007
Joanna wrote:
what should a cop do when a gun is pointed at him?
I don't understand why you think it's the cop at fault. These cops have families and are doing their job. Grow up ya little punks
If you dont know what the hell really happen i am requesting no i am demanding you to shut da hell up and stop writing comments.
Chicagoan

Chicago, IL

#39 Nov 13, 2007
From what I've been reading in the paper, I think the state police are all over Harvey police for their lack of investigation, etc. I hope the people of Harvey call the state in for the investigation. The state cops do know how bad the Harvey cops are and there seems to be some kind of feud. I think, and pray, that the state police could help. I hope someone in Harvey contacts them or perhaps someone here can start to organize the community into getting the state involved.

If it turns out it was as the officer said so be it. At least people know. If it turns out the officer is lying and people were willing to cover it up, I pray that comes out. If the latter is the case, then perhaps the people of Harvey can get other cases opened up.

Either way, my thoughts are with the family and friends of this boy. Whether or not he was wrong or right, he was young and the young make mistakes. You never want to see someone die from their mistakes -- or for that matter -- the mistakes and corruption of others.

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