Heartbreaking Interview With Mother Of William Chapman Killed By Police

Candy Chapman is the mother of 18 year old William Chapman, who was killed by Officer Stephen Rankin in April 2015. Today I am having a very emotional talk with Candy about this senseless murder.

William Chapman was only 18-years-old when he met his untimely death at the hands of racist police officer, Stephen Rankin. This was the second time Officer Ranking had shot and killed someone while on duty. Why was he allowed back into the force after the first incident? What were the real circumstances behind the shooting? Why did it take so long to get a murder indictment for the cop? These questions remain unanswered. I talked to Candy Chapman, William’s mother, to find out more about the shooting, how it has affected her and what is being done to obtain justice for William. This interview has become one of the most heartbreaking and emotional talks in my life. I wish I could bring all dead Black sons back to their mothers. I wish but unfortunately I can’t.

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Hello, Candy! First of all, could you tell us about William? What kind of person was he? Was he outgoing, did he have many friends?
Candy Chapman
William was kind of quiet, he basically liked to stay by himself and listen to a lot of music, but he also had many friends.
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We understand that the trial with Officer Stephen Rankin is still ongoing. Why do you think it took so long to make a decision concerning him?
Candy Chapman
I’m not sure why it’s taken so long, but what I’ve heard in the news is that there’s been a lot of killings and they’re worried about his safety. I actually don’t think it has anything to do with it because there’s been killings going on for many years and he killed my son in 2015. That has nothing to do with what’s going on now, so I don’t think that should matter. I believe that he should go ahead and be tried for the crime that he committed which was murder.
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News reports state that you were surprised when Rankin was indicted. Why so?
Candy Chapman
I was surprised because I’d never heard of any officer being indicted. When officers kill somebody or shoot someone, it seems that they’ve always been right, because they are the law. So I was surprised and I was happy, very happy. I just thought that the cop was going to get away with it, that I was going to be another mother out here who’s lost her son and the killer just got away with it. I was very pleased when I heard that.
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So do you think that the police refusing to share information at the beginning was maybe because they we trying to hide something?
Candy Chapman
Yeah, I think they were trying to hide something. I believe that there is video footage of events deleted, I believe that they’ve lied to some people and told some witnesses to tell untruthful things because it should’ve been like an open and shut case. I don’t understand why it’s taking so long. My son was shot in his face and his chest. His face was bruised on the side, so what happened to his face? It was like he was abused, maybe got kicked in his face or something. My son’s face was messed up. The people at the funeral parlor had to put extra make-up on my son.
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Have you been allowed to see footage of the scene?
Candy Chapman
No, I’ve not.
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As we understand from news reports, William had no previous crimes, he didn’t take any drugs or alcohol and he was unarmed. What explanation did the police and witnesses give you for his shooting?
Candy Chapman
There was no explanation. It was just that he approached William and next thing they know, there were gunshots. That’s what everyone told me. Another witness – a lady that was at Walmart – was saying that she saw William leave the store. Then he came back into the store and was standing by the cash register. He went back out and next thing, she heard gunshots. So I don’t know what was going on, I don’t know if he was being attacked outside. All I know is that my son went to the store, tried to come home and he didn’t make it. Now my boy’s gone and nobody is giving me a reason why. You cannot just kill somebody that’s not a threat to you. My son was not a threat to him. I don’t care how many times that man said that, my son was no threat to him. My son wasn’t like that. He’s not a fighter. No one in the world ever said that they had a fight with my son. He’s not like that.
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During the investigation it was found that the officer had racist comments on his social media profiles and the attorney had to add hate crimes to his list of accusations. Were you surprised by that?
Candy Chapman
Yes, I was when I found out that was the officer that killed my son, and I found out that he had killed before, that’s what led me to go to social media to look him up. And it was so disgusting, the things that he said about the other man that he killed and black people in general. He’s very racist, he’s an angry human being and just evil. But they still let him work as a police officer. Look at his conduct, how he feels about people. You put him on the streets to protect and serve and he shows his badge and he’s like, “I’m coming to get you because I can do what I want to do.” His favorite song is, “Mama, can I go out to kill tonight?” What kind of mess is that? And he’s a parent, he has a daughter. I don’t understand at all. How come they let him come back to the force? I think it was the retired chief of police, he let him come back on the force. He signed up on the paper for him to be able to work again. Why would you he do that when people had told him, “No, we don’t think that he should work with us, because he’s this and that.” They knew all this stuff but they just let him work again just so he could go and kill somebody. We can’t predict the future – you don’t really know what somebody is going to do – but when they’re talking and acting in a certain way, you should take heed and be like, “Something’s wrong with this guy. I think I should pull back from him or give him a few days off.” But that wasn’t even done.
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Do you think the trial has received enough public attention?
Candy Chapman
I don’t think it’s been enough. But it’s been around.
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What are you planning next? Have you filed a civil lawsuit?
Candy Chapman
That’s in the making.
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Do you feel that you’ve had enough support from family and friends? Because mostly, in times like this, it’s hard to find someone to lean on, someone who can support you through.
Candy Chapman
Yeah, my family and friends, they’ve been very helpful.
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Have you gotten in touch with Black Lives Matter activists?
Candy Chapman
Yes, and they’ve been very helpful as well.
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How has your attitude towards the police changed since this incident?
Candy Chapman
With all the killings and stuff that’s been going on, I say they all need to sit down and have some type of background check. They need to get their conduct checked. But I don’t have any problems with the police because I stay away from them. I’m not a criminal, I’ve not had a problem with them. They’re not messing with me or anything. But I think the police is just out of control and they’re doing what they want to do because they think that they’re the law.
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What do you think should be done in terms of reform?
Candy Chapman
I don’t know. I just know that this has to stop.
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It certainly must stop. That’s what our mission is at Black Matters US, we want to bring people’s awareness to this issue. Because the current spate of police killings is almost out of control and something definitely needs to be done.
Candy Chapman
I feel like it’s an ongoing war. Sometimes I’m just scared to go outside. It’s put a lot of fear in people. People that were protesting, it was all positive, but then that’s scary too. Because we have following that’s good and following that’s bad. You never know what the outcome is going to be. You can just get shot at using your cellphone trying to record something. They’ll just say that you were being a threat. It’s so scary and it’s just sad. I’m hurting, a lot of people are hurting and I want my son back but he can never come back because of this man. If they could have just checked what this man’s background was and understood what’s going on with him and gotten him off the force, my son’s death could have been avoided.















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