Mother of victim in Rockford police-involved shooting speaks out - – Rockford’s News Leader

Mother of victim in Rockford police-involved shooting speaks out


Ivory Bennett says her son Demetrius should not have been killed on November 1, and Rockford Police are in the wrong.

Ivory Bennett says police have it all mixed up. When the officer-involved shooting first happened, Rockford Police Chief Chet Epperson said Demetrius Bennett met officers at the door with a knife, and that he used a child as a human shield.

The next day, that story changed. According to the Winnebago County Integrity Task Force, two children were taken out of the home, and then Bennett grabbed a knife. His mother still thinks police are in the wrong.

"No voices was raised at all," she said. "I never seen a knife or anything."

Now a wife is widowed, and children are left without a father. Demetrius Bennett's brother knows he can't get his sibling back, but he says he knows what needs to happen next.

"I just want justice for his wife and kids because they killed him. They took him away from his kids, his kids away from him," Richard Bennett said.

Pastor Melvin Brown has been in constant contact with the Bennett family. You may remember Pastor Brown as the same man in charge of Kingdom Authority Church, where Mark Barmore was shot and killed by Rockford Police officers in August of 2009. Now, Pastor Brown is looking for answers to this shooting and hopes to bring Bennett's family the comfort they need.

"They had a domestic problem and our police department did not handle it right because now you've got a man dead," Brown said.

Brown says Bennett's wife was only looking for some assistance when she went to the police. Now, she has to raise her children alone.

"That was not what she was looking for and that was not what she went to the police department to get," Brown said. "She went there for help, she got that help. And then after she left, she comes to find out that her husband gets killed in the process."

There will be a community outreach effort led by Pastor Brown at 10:00 a.m. Saturday morning at 518 North Court Street.

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