When a notorious drug dealer was shot and killed on the streets of Cleveland after pulling a gun on police, his mother, in her grief, spoke out about what caused this tragedy and what people need to do to prevent it. She had four words for all those living the “street” life like her son had been.
After mother Cyrida Levison’s 33-year-old son was killed by police in Ohio, she was questioned by media about her thoughts and feelings regarding what had happened. Her response contrasts the narrative, all-too-common, condemning police in the U.S. for using deadly force, especially with respect to those of the black minority.
WOIO heard Cyrida’s plea to those living a life like her son had to mend their ways. She had these four words for them: “It’s not worth it,” she said. “Stop running from the police … shooting at the police.” She was sorry to say it, but she admitted that it was her son who had been “real ignorant.”
When asked if she blames the police for her son’s death, her answer was clear, “No, I don’t … My son pulled the gun on them. They had to do what they had to do.
“You’re invincible to your friends—whoever carries guns … You’re not invincible to the police. Because the police are trained to kill. And if you take your gun out, you’re going to get killed.” she added.
The Cleveland Police Department reported that, on Wednesday afternoon, Antonio was running away from the police. He then fell and dropped a handgun before getting back up and fleeing into the backyard of a house. Police gave chase and eventually caught up with him. Antonio then pulled out a second gun. There were shots fired, and the suspect went down.
The officers administered first aid until the ambulance arrived. Antonio was pronounced dead later at University Hospital.
In her “indescribable” grief, Cyrida pleaded for people to not get involved in gun violence, in her words, to “stay off these streets,” as she knows the pain it can cause.
She adds, “Please, put these guns down. Take it from a mother that knows.
“You’ve got families … My son was a street person. It’s not worth it. It’s not worth your life. Trust me.”