Family Wants Answers From Police In Death Of 15-Year-Old Boy In North Lawndale

Michele Fiore
August 20, 2018 - 7:51 am



CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- More than 100 people marched through North Lawndale on Sunday, demanding to know more about a young man who died after a brief police pursuit. 

The group chanted "Justice for Steven" as they walked to the 10th District headquarters on Ogden.

The family of 15-year-old Steven Rosenthal is rejecting a Medical Examiner's report that the teen "killed himself." The family's attorney is calling for an independent investigation into his death.

Chicago police said Rosenthal had a gun and they tried to stop him, but he ran and tragically shot himself in the head. Described as basketball player for Crane High School, Deshawn Thomas said something like this is out of character for his nephew.

"I know my nephew. One of the last conversations we had, he said he wanted to make a difference, as his uncle, so I don't want anyone to prevent us from knowing the truth," he said.

It's one tragedy after another for the family. A Crane High School coach said Rosenthal’s mother died in March. 

"On Aug. 17, at approximately 7 p.m., my 15-year-old nephew Steven was shot and killed by the Chicago Police Department," cried Tanika Thomas, Rosenthal's aunt and legal guardian. 

The family is calling for police video of the incident.

Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said his heart goes out to the family of 17-year-old Steven Rosenthal. He said that, "at some point" video will be made public, but not before being shown to the family. 

He said he understand's the family's anguish.

"Losing a loved one under any circumstances is difficult. And, as soon as we can, hopefully, provide them some relief, we will certainly do that." 

Supt. Johnson goes on to say that will be done "just to assure them and let them know certain things about the circumstances of what occurred."