Was the Mother in the Video Misguided When She Told Her Son to Shoot the Assailant?

A woman in Chicago recently made headlines after she allegedly asked her 14-year-old to kill the man who assaulted her. Fox 59 News said that the two were charged with murder, but other people think their family had a right to defend itself.

Carlishia Hood had an altercation with another patron at the Maxwell Street Express on South Halstead St. A video taken by an onlooker shows the man warning Hood that he will “knock her out” if she continues talking.

Hood yelled out of the camera’s view, “Get the gun,” and then was assaulted multiple times by the man seconds later. Hood’s son, then 14 years old, is shown in the clip emerging from the doorway with a gun concealed under his hoodie and opening fire on the man.

After the man fled the business, the child gave chase, firing several shots after him. The customer died at the spot from three gunshot wounds to the back. According to the authorities, Hood sent her son a text message telling him to retrieve the weapon from the vehicle.

When Hood tries to retrieve the gun from the youngster after the event, he pushes her away, as captured by another CCTV camera. The pair then got into a car and drove away. Internet users are now debating whether or not these two actually deserved to be charged with felony murder.

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Much of the debate on Twitter centered on whether or not Hood deserved criminal punishment for allegedly directing her son to execute the guy, or whether or not the 14-year-old had a right to protect his mother.

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According to Illinois law, a person has to have a reasonable belief that they are in imminent danger in order to use deadly force in self-defense. The State Attorney’s Office first didn’t think what they did qualified.

However, the Attorney’s office reportedly dropped the charges because they were “unable to meet the burden of proof” in the prosecution, as reported by WGN9 News. To rephrase, there was insufficient proof to label either of them as killers. Hood and her son were both completely crime-free.

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