PCAV hosts first Stand Up for Peace after officer-involved shooting death

Peoria Community Against Violence is responding to the officer-involved shooting death of Eddie Russell, Jr. 

Russell was shot and killed by Peoria Police officers last Wednesday. Earlier in the day, he had reportedly robbed First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust before police tracked him down and had an hours-long standoff with him at his mother's Sheffield Dr. home. 

Monday, PCAV held its first Stand Up for Peace. In the past, the organization has held Murder Stand Downs following homicides in Peoria. It's changing its mission because members don't just want to react to violence, they want to prevent it, promoting peace in the community. 

Eddie Russell, Jr.'s great uncle was at the Stand Up. He says most of the family didn't show up because of PCAV's message. Though they want peace, they also want justice. 

"Getting answers to what happened, why things are happening," says Reginald Russell. "When you're dealing with mental health, a better way to handle that kind of situation. We'd like to see people who need to be accountable." 

Russell says the family wants police to find a different approach when dealing with people who have mental health issues. 


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