Vigil held for Eddie Patterson, to mark one year anniversary of his death


Family members, community members and activists held a vigil for Eddie Patterson Monday night outside of Rockford’s City Hall. 

A months-long investigation into the incident that killed both Patterson and Rockford Police Officer Jaimie Cox concluded that Cox initially pulled Patterson over for having a revoked license.

Patterson, 49, initially provided a false name to Officer Cox, 30, before giving his real name, then attempting to flee. Officer Cox was caught in Patterson’s truck as he fled, leading to Cox’s death.

The task force concluded that Officer Cox then shot Patterson.

Patterson’s death was from two gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4848 Turner Street in the early morning hours of November 5, 2017. Nicotine, cocaine and marijuana were found to be in Patterson’s system that night.

Cox’s actions were ruled as justified.

About a dozen people showed up Monday to show their support for Patterson.

“There were two tragedies that Sunday morning, not one,” said activist Bob Babcock. “But, they were treated vastly differently, and it just seemed to me to be kind of unfair and a bad message to the community, the way…Eddie Patterson was treated.”

On Saturday, activists will gather at Just Goods, at 201 7th Street, to discuss a memorial to represent citizens who are killed during interactions with police officers.

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