T-Boz On Cops Fatally Gunning Down Mentally Ill Cousin: ‘They Used Beyond Excessive Force’

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T-Boz was forced to cancel the European leg of her tour days after her cousin, Eddie Russell Jr., was fatally shot by police.(Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images/Instagram)

Tionne “T-Boz” Watkins has had it with the police who killed her mentally ill cousin. The TLC singer unleashed over what she said was cops using “beyond excessive force” to kill  Eddie Russell Jr. in Peoria, Ill.

“My Cousin Was Shot 18 Times Including the Face and Back of His Head!” T-Boz wrote on Instagram Sunday, Sept. 24. “He Harmed NO ONE EVER! He Had Mental Health Issues AND THE COPS KNEW THAT! Anything he’s ever Done Was minor and NON VIOLENT! Eddie Russell Jr — A Human Being, A Son, Brother, Friend, Nephew Cousin — HUMAN! The cops told his mother to call him out on a bullhorn 📢 [and] USED her saying “WE WILL GIVE HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS” and He Came Out Because He Heard His Mother and They used beyond excessive force to gun him down also with heavy artillery used in warfare!”

My Cousin Was Shot 18 Times Including the Face and Back of His Head! He Harmed NO ONE EVER! He Had Mental Health Issues AND THE COPS KNEW THAT! Anything he's ever Done Was minor and NON VIOLENT! Eddie Russell Jr -A Human-Being -A Son- Brother-Friend-Nephew – Cousin-HUMAN! The cops told his mother to call him out on a bullhorn 📢 USED her saying "WE WILL GIVE HIM THE HELP HE NEEDS" and He Came Out Because He Heard His Mother and They used beyond excessive force to gun him down also with heavy artillery used in warfare! 18 times? Shot eighteen times??? IF THEIR GOING ON WHAT HES HOLDING AT THE BANK THAT ISN'T A GUN! (Picture Is Posted)They Keep saying he had a gun! I don't see a gun in his hand at the bank they say he tried to rob! That's NOT A GUN! They blocked everyone off including neighbors at a 4 block radius including his mother and father and family!People could NOT go home! So no camera phones accessible is that why? COPS DIDN'T HAVE ON BODY CAMS now isn't that convenient! They Lied and told family members Eddie Jr was at the hospital to get them away from the house knowing he was dead outside the house where they killed him! They kept his BODY OUTSIDE ON THE GROUND FOR MANY MANY HOURS! First they reported he ran out shooting =LIES! Then one cop shot =LIES! Then 5-6 shots =LIES! Then 5-6 cops shot YEAH CLEARLY! But why SO MANY TIMES? Why THE AR15? They didn't even wait for the negotiator to arrive or is it that the negotiator took his time getting there? They haven't Even Gave my cousin the RESPECT of trying to call and explain WHAT HAPPENED IN DETAIL TO HER CHILD! He needs JUSTICE! His Mother and Father and Family need JUSTICE!!!! This wasn't a hostage situation! He didn't threaten anyone's life! This was a mentally iLL young man who needed help and should have received just that! PLEASE HELP HIS MOTHER AND SPREAD HER STORY SO SHE CAN GET THE HELP SHE NEEDS AND JUSTICE FOR HER SON!!!! His Mother Has Tried For Many Years To Get Her Son Mental Health Counseling He Needed! The system Failed Him and Her! #AmericaIsTainted #TrumpIsAChump #TakeAKnee #BendAKnee #JusticeForEddieJr #Shot18Times #tboz #tlc #tbeezy #tlcarmy #justice #peoriaillinois #EddieRussell

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In a Friday, Sept. 22 Facebook post, the Peoria Police Department said they responded to a call about a bank robbery Wednesday. They identified the suspect as Watkins’ 25-year-old cousin and after trying to contact Russell for 2 hours, they arrived at his home. The PPD said Russell, who they said also had a gun during the robbery, “emerged from his home and aggressively advanced toward [Special Response Team] officers with a handgun.” Russell was shot 17-20 times, according to the coroner, and pronounced dead on the scene.

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However, T-Boz said whatever her cousin is seen holding in bank security footage, was not a gun. She also questioned why police were armed with what she said were AR-15s and laid bare some other startling claims.

“They Lied and told family members Eddie Jr. was at the hospital to get them away from the house knowing he was dead outside the house where they killed him!” she said. “They kept his BODY OUTSIDE ON THE GROUND FOR MANY MANY HOURS! … He needs JUSTICE! His Mother and Father and Family need JUSTICE!!!!”

And things keep getting harder for Watkins.

Just days later on Tuesday, Sept. 26, TLC announced the European leg of its tour would be postponed since T-Boz, who has sickle cell disease, is in “severe physical pain.”

“The cervical disc problems in her spine have advanced to the point of having significant pain due to nerve compression,” TLC manager Bill Diggins said in a Facebook statement. “She is currently working with her orthopedic surgeon who recommended the postponement.”

Dates for the tour, which was scheduled to begin Oct. 16 in Hamburg, Germany, are being rescheduled for 2018. Fans can return their tickets at the point of purchase for a full refund.

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