Revin Fellows, a longtime community activist in Aurora who claims to be related to Boyd, pointed out a strange irony.
Also during that stretch of warm days, Willy, a Pomeranian Papillon mix, was fatally attacked at Montrose Beach Dog Park by a pit pull.
The pit bull owner refused to identify himself and left the scene, but witnesses snapped his photograph. After the photograph was circulated at other pet parks, the officer was identified as a Chicago Police officer. The officer was immediately suspended for not making notification within 24 hours after his dog mauled Willy, and for failing to foot the $5,700 veterinary bill.
“That just says to me that these officials care more about a dog than they do a young black woman who was shot dead in the street,” Fellows told me.
Waiting for the wheels of justice to start rolling is “very, very tough,” Sutton lamented.
“It’s a lot to expect the community to work with police, but they cannot even work with us in our time of need.””