Felix Torres, a Chicago man, was shot by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) agent on Monday morning at around 6:00 a.m. while in his home.
Officials claim in a statement that ICE was at Torres’ home in attempt to make an arrest when someone pointed a weapon at agents, leading to the shooting, according to NBC Chicago. But the family tells a much different story.
Family members told NBC that Torres was unarmed, his daughter, Carmen, explaining that no one was told why agents were at their home.
Chicago’s People’s Response Team, an activist organization dedicated to “supporting efforts to end police violence in Chicago” noted that there were at least eight family members in the home at the time of the raid.
After speaking with Torres’ daughter, the People’s Response Team updated a Facebook post to say “no members of the family are undocumented, and the family has lived in the home for at least 30 years.”
Carmen Torres said, “They didn’t say anything. They just came in and pointed pistols in our faces and dragged us out,” according to Raw Story.“It’s a lie when they say he was holding a gun. He doesn’t even own a gun,” she said. “They shot my dad. They shot him, and I don’t know why.”
ICE officials said they were not at the residence at 6:00 a.m. to arrest Torres. Alderman Gilbert Villegas, a city official said, “We’re going to have to talk to CPD [Chicago Police] to find out if this was a coordinated effort, because if it was in any way, that raises concerns about us as a sanctuary city.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has defended Chicago’s status as a “sanctuary city;” however, ICE can still conduct raids, and the Chicago Police Department can both communicate and collaborate with ICE officials.
Torres was taken to a nearby hospital on Monday where his condition was listed as critical. The shooting is currently under investigation.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)