Getting Away with Justifiable Murder

A new court ruling opens old wounds for the family of a psychiatric patient gunned down by police in 1992

Ivy Black remembers walking behind Earl as he was coming out of the bedroom. According to her lawyers, as she came around the corner out of the bedroom, she realized for the first time that the police were shooting when she saw officers Goldman and Petrullo with their guns drawn and pointed at Earl.

"Please don't shoot my sick son!" she screamed. Shots rang out. Joy said her mother also shouted, "Oh, you killed my son!" and, as a bullet meant for Earl ripped through her right breast, she cried, "The same thing you did to my son is going to happen to you, from generation to generation!"

Survivor: On seeing her son blown away by police, Ivy Black, who was also shot, told his killers, "The same thing you did to my son is going to happen to you, from generation to generation!"
Photograph by Sandra-Lee Phipps
Survivor: On seeing her son blown away by police, Ivy Black, who was also shot, told his killers, "The same thing you did to my son is going to happen to you, from generation to generation!"

Additional reporting: Karen Mahabir

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