By Samantha Ptashkin
ROCKFORD (WREX)- A new call for justice in the Mark Barmore shooting pops up in the form of a "wanted" poster around Rockford, but the two people "wanted" are police officers.
Who put the poster up remains a mystery, but they're hanging in businesses and on telephone poles. They ask the community to call Congressman Don Manzullo and demand an independent federal investigation into the officer-involved shooting.
The sign reads, "To Rockford, Illinois Citizens (Especially Black Ones)". "I'm not saying you should combat racism with racism, but I think it's just people trying to speak out," said Rockford Resident Tricia Sheridan.
The poster also has pictures of the two officers, Oda Poole and Stan North, who shot and killed Barmore in August.
A description under Officer North's picture reads "Cold Blue Eyes". "Cold blue eyes? It's wrong all together. People lost their lives and they just keep boiling it up," said Rockford Resident Adam Leach.
The poster also mentions that more than 14 witnesses saw Officer Poole and North kill Barmore. In December a grand jury cleared both officers from any wrong doing. They're off the streets and on administrative duty at the Public Safety Building. "The message that this sends is no matter what the outcome was, they would never even accept it, even if it's true, they would never accept it for what it was," said PBPA President Aurelio DeLaRosa.
DeLaRosa says if the police department finds out who distributed the signs, they will ask that person or group to take them down immediately.
Mark Barmore's family has filed a lawsuit against the City of Rockford for wrongful death. Their attorney tells 13 News this is the first he's heard of the wanted posters and the family doesn't know anything about them either.
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