In October 2020, police officers from Harvey, Illinois, shot a 30-year-old black man, Darren Green Jr., after they stopped the car in which he was sitting in the passenger seat because of the lights off.
On October 7, 2020, the police initiated a stop of a car that did not have its rear warning lights on. Green was sitting in the passenger seat. Dashcam footage released by state police shows two officers stopping the car and asking the female driver why her headlights aren’t on. The officer went to the patrol car, and when he returned, he saw the man’s gun, and then got into a verbal altercation with him. Green allegedly climbed into the driver’s seat, swapping places with a woman, then started driving and crashed into a bus stop. A police officer shot Green in the back of the head, causing him to die on the spot.
The officer who shot Green has been placed on administrative leave. In May 2021, Green’s family hired a lawyer and said they intended to seek a fair sentence for the officer in court.