Family wants full video, Carol Stream officers' names released after man shot to death inside home

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Family wants full video, officers' names released after fatal shooting
The family of Isaac Goodlow has filed a lawsuit against the Carol Stream Police Department after he was killed in a shooting at his home.

CAROL STREAM, Ill. (WLS) -- At Monday night's Carol Stream Village Board meeting, Isaac Goodlow's family members took their frustrations and demands directly to village trustees and the police chief.

In addition to calling for release of the full video, the family is also asking the police department to release the names of the officers involved.

"You need to be honest. Your boys messed up. You're embarrassed. You're ashamed. Deal with it," said Kennetha Barnes, Goodlow's sister.

Goodlow's family and supporters turned up the volume and pressure on Carol Stream village leaders and its police chief.

"No young man should be subjected to what I seen on that video," said Henry Pigram, Goodlow's uncle.

At the start of Monday night's village board meeting, where the mayor was not present, Trustee Matt McCarthy made a statement regarding the police body camera video released days ago.

"The video certainly doesn't answer all the questions we have about what took place, but it's a key piece of evidence that independent investigators will evaluate alongside all of the evidence going forward," McCarthy said.

In that 33-minute public video released by Carol Stream police, six officers are seen entering Goodlow's apartment with a key provided by a building employee.

They attempted to search the apartment after, police said, they were called by Goodlow's girlfriend, who said she was a victim of physical domestic violence.

Walking behind a shield, officers announced their presence and found Goodlow in a bedroom. Seconds after entering the apartment, an unnamed officer fired his gun, shooting Goodlow in the chest.

"He was asleep! He was alone, sleeping peacefully. And they came in there, and they ambushed him," said Dajaenae Barnes, Goodlow's niece.

And seconds later, another shot was fired, police said, from a different officer. After shots were fired, officers placed Goodlow in handcuffs before attempting CPR

"There was no weapon, no gun. There was no victim in his home. Why did they enter? Why did they go in military-style?" Kennetha said.

The family protested outside the village hall before tonight's meeting.

"If the protocol is what I seen on that tape, on that bodycam, every Black man should be in fear of their life," Pigram said.

The family vowed to show up on Monday night until their demands are met.

"This is the beginning. The weather is going to get nice. We are going to bring more people, and we're going to get justice," Kennetha said.

"They immediately shot and killed an unarmed Black man. It speaks for itself," said Andrew M. Stroth, the family's attorney.

Andrew M. Stroth represents the family in a federal civil rights lawsuit they have filed against the Carol Stream Police Department.

He said while the department has released bodycam video, they have not yet released the officer's names or audio from 911 calls following the shooting.

"They immediately shot and killed an unarmed Black man. It speaks for itself," Stroth said. "We want the village to take swift action."

The two officers who discharged their weapons are on paid leave while the DuPage County's Metropolitan Emergency Response and Investigations Team investigates.

That team released a new statement on Monday, saying, "each investigation is unique and can take considerable time to complete."

And that once the investigation is completed, it will be handed to the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office to be reviewed for any potential criminal charges.