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Police sergeant will not face charges in fatal shooting of Ty'Rese West

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-19 14:04:05-04

RACINE -- District Attorney Patricia J. Hanson of Racine County has decided not to bring charges against the Mount Pleasant police sergeant accused in the deadly shooting of 18-year-old Ty'Rese West.

According to police, Sgt. Eric Giese was patrolling on the evening of June 15 when he attempted to stop West for not having the proper lights on his bicycle. A struggle began after officers believed West had a gun, which eventually led to West being fatally shot.

The 12-year department veteran attempted to use a taser before firing his weapon, according to police. Family members believe that the sergeant should face trial.

"We haven't seen anything. We know nothing at all," said the victim's grandmother Barbara West.

"All we want is justice for Ty'Rese," said the victim's mother.

West's death sparked protests across Racine County that have continued for months.

The family was given the opportunity to meet with the District Attorney's Office prior to the announcement at 6 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the case.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department released this statement:

"We are hopeful that the release of the district attorney's decision, along with facts gathered through the investigatory process, will clarify the events of June 15, 2019. With the district attorney's decision now final, and our own internal investigation near completion, Sergeant Giese is expected to return to unrestricted full-duty status to resume his assigned responsibilities."

Read the full report from the Racine district attorney here:

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