Family Of Elgin Woman Killed In Police Shooting Wants Answers

Michele Fiore
March 13, 2018 - 7:36 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) The family of a woman shot and killed Monday by Elgin police can't imagine that someone like her could've been perceived as a major threat.

Chevelle Clements is the woman's brother.  He said she was petite, and he doesn't understand how a highly trained police officer had to resort to deadly force against her.

"You mean to tell me you couldn't put a 100-pound person on their butt and disarm them," he said. "My sister did not deserve this."

Elgin police said Decynthia Clements had a knife when they stopped her on the Jane Addams Tollway, after an earlier high speed chase through Elgin. And while they were negotiating for her to get out, she moved her vehicle several feet more than once, but her brother thinks police made the wrong decision.

"You have tasers, you have all the types of tactics  - deadly force should be the last way," Clements said. "There's a lot of things that aren't making sense and no one wants to talk to us. I don't understand how you could kill someone's family member and not tell anyone what is going on."

Clements calls his sister family-oriented, and said she leaves behind an adult son who meant the world to her.

Nineteen-year veteran, Elgin Police Lieutenant and SWAT Team member Christian Jensen has been identified as the officer-involved in the shooting.