#ElginPolice Chief Jeff Swoboda opened his doors to residents Tuesday who wanted to ask him about the #police shooting Monday in which a 34-year-old Elgin woman was killed.
Although he was limited in what he could say — the #Illinois State Police are handling the investigation into Lt. Christian Jensen's use of force — he answered the questions he could and urged residents to wait for the facts before forming conclusions on what occurred.
What is known is police officers encountered Decynthia Clements, of Aldine Avenue, on Sunday evening and attempted to pull her over for an as-yet undisclosed reason. She refused to stop and officers ultimately ended their pursuit of her. When they spotted her again on Interstate 90, near Route 25, about 12:35 a.m. Monday, they were able to stop her but she refused to exit her #SUV and pulled out a knife while speaking to officers, the police chief said.
When a fire broke out inside her #vehicle, police had no option but to try to remove her, Swoboda said. It's at that point that the shooting occurred.
At least five officers and squad cars were at the scene at the time, Swoboda said Tuesday. He is still reviewing all of the film footage taken by the officers' #bodycameras, he said.
Battle said he and others from Elgin's #AfricanAmerican community and other #supporters planned a 4:30 p.m. rally at the police department, 151 Douglas Ave.
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